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11 students dies as bus fell into gorge in Indian-held Kashmir

SRINAGAR: At least 11 students, including nine girls, were killed when a minibus fell into a gorge in India-occupied Kashmir.

The students were going to a picnic when the accident occurred.

Deputy Commissioner of Kashmir’s Shopian district Owais Ahmad said seven more people were injured and taken to hospital, with some in a critical condition.

Ahmad said the bus was groping to Shopian district from Rajouri in southern Kashmir when it “skidded off and fell into the deep gorge”.

He attributed the accident to over speeding, saying that there was no landslide or anything.

The students from a private computer institute were reportedly on their way to a picnic spot near Pir Ki Gali along the mountainous Mughal Road.

Mughal Road connects Poonch and Rajouri districts of the state with the Kashmir valley.

The road remains closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfall along the route.

“It took us time to get them out of the deep gorge otherwise we had ambulances ready,” Ahmad said.