Sixteen Amarnath pilgrims were killed and over twenty others injured after a bus they were travelling on met with an accident and fell into a gorge on Srinagar-Jammu highway near Banihal on Sunday.

An official said that a bus, bearing registration number JK02Y 0594, was heading towards Srinagar when it rolled down into a gorge near an army camp in Nachilana area of Banihal in Ramban district.

Sixteen pilgrims were killed in the mishap, he said, adding that the injured were shifted to a local hospital for treatment.
He said that nineteen injured are being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment.
Eight pilgrims, he said, have sustained minor injuries.

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