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7 killed as ITBP bus falls into river bed in Pahalgam in Kashmir

JAMMU, Aug 16: At least seven policemen were killed when a vehicle transporting ITBP personnel frorm Amarnath to Pahalgam fell into a river bed after passing the Chandanwadi base camp on Tuesday morning. The bus was carrying 39 security personnel, including some J&K policemen. Eight of the 30 injured are in a serious condition.

Of those dead, six are ITBP personnel and one is a police official.

Brake failure is reported to have led to the accident. The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Srinagar.

Of the passengers, 37 were from the ITBP and two policemen from the J&K Police.

Police and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were carrying out the rescue operation.

The security personnel were returning from Amarnath after the pilgrimage season came to an end. Chandanwadi is the base camp for Amarnath yatra.

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