9 - SOLDIERS DIE AS TRUCK PLUNGES INTO RAVINE IN PAKISTANI KASHMIR
MUZAFFARABAD, PAKISTAN : At least nine (9) Pakistani soldiers were killed and four (4) injured when their truck plunged into a revine in Pakistan-administrated Kashmir on Sunday morning, August 21, 2022, military and witnesses said.
The truck - part of a military convoy - was heading towards Mang Bajri in Bagh district of Pakistani Kashmir when the occured near Shujaabad, some 12 km before its destination, at about 4 a.m. on Sunday, military officials report.
" There were with 13 soldiers, including the driver, on board the truck and seven (7) of them died on the spot while the rest were injured," a military official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.
The injured were evacuated to a hospital in Rawakalot, where two (2) of them succumbed to their wounds, he said.
Local police said the truck fell 500 feet (150 meters) down the ravine.
Road accidents frequently occur in the hilly areas of Pakistani Kashmir and are mostly blamed on narrow roads with negligible safety measures as well as careless driving.
In November 2021, a bust plunged into a ravine in Pakistani's part of Kashmir killing 22 passengers.
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