16 Amarnath pilgrims killed after bus falls into gorge on Kashmir highway


Srinagar: In yet another tragic incident, 16people who were on a pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine have died in an accident on Jammu Srinagar National Highway.

The bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims or yatris fell into a gorge along the highway. The nineteen people who have been injured are being airlifted to Jammu for treatment.

The accident took place in Ramban along the highway. The bus was part of the official Amarnath Yatra convoy.

Last week, seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag. One more passenger died today.

The annual pilgrimage to Anantnag – amid tight security – is scheduled to conclude on the August 7. This year, the authorities have decided to allow 7,500 pilgrims to visit each day.


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