Hindu pil­grims die in north­ern In­dia bus crash

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At least 16 Hindu pil­grims were killed and many more in­jured yes­ter­day in a bus crash in Jammu and Kash­mir, in north­ern In­dia, days af­ter gun­men opened fire on wor­ship­pers mak­ing the same holy visit, killing eight.

Po­lice said a fur­ther 27 peo­ple had suf­fered in­juries in the bus crash.

The ve­hi­cle plunged into a gorge in the north­ern state where hun­dreds of Hin­dus make the an­nual pilgrimage to a Hi­malayan cave revered as the abode of the god Shiva. Some of the worst in­jured were be­ing air­lifted to hos­pi­tal, while oth­ers were taken to lo­cal clin­ics for treat­ment, po­lice said.

An­other Hindu pil­grim died yes­ter­day from in­juries sus­tained six days ago when uniden­ti­fied gun­men opened fire on a bus full of wor­ship­pers.

“One lady who was in­jured in the 10 July at­tack suc­cumbed to her in­juries in hos­pi­tal,” said Shesh Paul Vaid, the di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice for Jammu and Kash­mir.

Her death takes the toll from the late night at­tack to eight, seven women and one man. It was the worst such at­tack in the di­vided Hi­malayan re­gion since 2000 when gun­men fired on a group of Hindu pil­grims, killing 32 peo­ple, in­clud­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers.

Tens of thou­sands of Hin­dus from all over In­dia travel to Kash­mir ev­ery year to visit an ice for­ma­tion in the Amar­nath caves that is wor­shipped as a sym­bol of Shiva, the Hindu god of de­struc­tion.

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