At least 16 Hindu pilgrims were killed and many more injured after a bus crash in India’s Northern Jammu and Kashmir state, police said, just days after gunmen shot dead eight believers make the same Holy visit.
“Sixteen people are now confirmed dead, 19-said with serious injuries, and eight other minor injuries,” Jammu and Kashmir police in a statement on Sunday.
The bus 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 both in the hospital, while others have been taken to local hospitals for treatment, police said.
The tragedy came as another Hindu pilgrimage is on Sunday from injuries six days ago, when ” unknown armed men opened fire on a bus full of Church members.
“A lady who was injured in the 10. July attack, succumbed to said their injuries in the hospital,” Shesh Paul Vaid, the state Director General of police.
Her death, the toll from Monday’s attack on eight, with seven women and one man killed, the attack in the late night. It was the worst such attack in the divided Himalayan region since the year 2000, when armed men fired on a group of Hindu pilgrims, killing 32 people, including two police officers.
Tens of thousands of Hindus from across India travel to Kashmir to visit each year, caves of ice formation in the of Amarnath, revered as a symbol of Shiva, the Hindu God of destruction.