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Witness: 10 Hindu pilgrims killed and others injured in a bus accident in Kashmir


The ill-fated bus was on its way to a Hindu temple in Kashmir, which is visited annually by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, when it fell into a gorge and slid near a bridge on a highway.

Indian police announced that a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims, who were heading to a temple in Kashmir, slid from a bridge on a highway towards the Himalayan gorge, killing at least 10 people and injuring 55 others.

Police said the bus was on its way to the town of Katra from Amritsar in the northern state of Punjab when it fell into a gorge near the city of Jammu.

Local police officer Chandan Kohli told reporters the bus was overcrowded, adding that the dead were from the eastern Indian state of Bihar.

Residents and authorities rushed to the scene, while rescue operations began and the injured were taken to hospitals.

Hundreds of thousands of people annually visit the Vaishno Devi temple in Katra, which is revered by Hindus.

India has one of the highest road fatality rates in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people killed and injured in road accidents there annually.

Most of the accidents are attributed to reckless driving, poor road maintenance and worn out vehicles.

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