Saturday January 01, 2022

Stampede at Hindu Shrine Kills at Least 12 People in IoK

SRINAGAR: At least 12 people have died and 13 injured in a stampede at a religious shrine in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The disaster happened around 3am (21:30 GMT) while it was still dark on the route to the Vaishno Devi shrine, one of the country’s most revered Hindu sites.

“At least 12 people lost their lives and 13 are injured,” one senior government official told news agency on condition of anonymity.

“The toll could be higher as the route to the hilltop shrine was packed with devotees trying to do the customary new-year visit and prayers,” he said.

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