Three children and two women were killed and seven other persons sustained burn injuries when the gas cylinder of a van exploded on Jalapur Peerwal Road near here in Lodhran on Thursday. The driver reportedly stopped the Qureshiwala-bound van to examine the leakage of gas cylinder when it exploded. Three girls - Mehwish (6), Tanzeela (8) and Yasra (3) - and two unidentified women died on the spot. The injured including Safdar (20), Fiasal (16), Sugra Bibi (50), Shakeela Bibi (40), Faiza (12), Hamad (4) and Sadiq (40) were shifted to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital.