Bus Crash in Northern Pakistan Kills 16 People

The bus was pushed into a deep ditch and buried along a mountainous road while traveling to the scenic town of Skardu in the Gilgit Baltistan region from the city of Rawalpindi in Punjab province.(AP file photo)

Sixteen people were killed when a passenger bus was forced off the road by a landslide in a mountainous area of northern Pakistan on Sunday, officials said.

The bus was travelling from the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, to the northern town of Skardu when it was struck by the falling rocks, Anas Iqbal, a senior government official said in a statement.

“A landslide in Tungus Skardu buried a (bus) with 16 people on board,” the statement said, adding that all 16 bodies had been recovered by rescue officials.

Local government spokesperson Faizullah Faraq put the death toll at 14.

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SOURCE: AFP