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16 pilgrims killed as bus plunges into gorge in India

A bus plunged into a 150ft deep (45m) gorge in the Indian area of Kashmir on Sunday, killing at least 16 Hindu pilgrims on their way to a cave shrine in the Himalayas.

Police officer S P Vaid said the bus swerved off a mountain road and injured dozens. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

A police statement said 27 were injured, 19 of them in a critical condition, were taken to hospitals in Banihal, a town 75 miles (120km) south of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-held Kashmir.

Police said it had rained in the area, making the road slippery. Some landslides caused a heavy traffic jam on the main highway linking Srinagar with the rest of India.

AP

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