Three Britons injured in Malta bus crash

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Three Britons have been injured after a bus crashed into a tree in Malta.

Police said two boys, aged six and eight, and a 44-year-old man were taken to hospital for further treatment.

A 37-year-old Spanish woman and a 62-year-old man from Belgium died after the incident on Valletta Road, Zurrieq, at about 17:15 GMT.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said it was supporting British people and their families involved in the accident.

In total, six people were taken to Mater Dei hospital after the crash.

They include a 31-year-old German woman, a 72-year-old Italian woman and a 35-year-old man whose nationality is not yet known.

A spokesman for City Sightseeing, which operates the tour bus on the island, said the company was "shocked and saddened" by the incident, and was working with its local franchise to establish the "full facts".

He added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this tragic event."

A police investigation is ongoing.