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Amarnath bus accident: Bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims falls into gorge, 16 killed

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Sixteen Amarnath pilgrims lost their lives and 35 others injured were injured on 16 July when a bus carrying them collided with a truck as a vehicle carrying them fell into a gorge on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district.

Reportedly, as many as 11 people have been killed and more than 30 injured.

A rescue operation by the Army is underway.

Further details are awaited.

This incident comes days after as many as seven people were killed and fifteen others injured after a group of terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar earlier last week.

The 90th and 40th battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed at the spot to prevent further untoward incidents thereafter.

Only this morning one of the injured succumbed to her injuries taking the death toll to eight.

The brutal attack on the innocent pilgrims invited the wrath of all political parties, even as the entire world jointly condemned the incident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee also strongly condemned the incident.

J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti summoned an emergency meeting of her cabinet to review the security situation across the state.

-With ANI inputs.