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Bus full of Pakistani soldiers slides off mountain

AP, ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan

A bus carrying Pakistani soldiers slid off a mountain road and fell into a deep ravine in the country’s northwest yesterday, killing 24 and injuring five others, officials said.

Senior government official Aqil Badshah said the bus was going from the garrison city of Rawalpindi to the northern town of Gilgit when the accident happened in the Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

He said that the dead and injured were taken to a nearby hospital, and authorities were making arrangements to transport the bodies to Rawalpindi near the capital, Islamabad.

In a statement, the military said the dead and injured soldiers were originally from Gilgit, and were on leave traveling there from their base in the scenic valley of Swat.

Road accidents are common in Pakistan because of poor infrastructure and due to a routine disregard of traffic laws.

On Feb. 23, a bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a canal in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 17 people.

Most among the dead were women and children, and authorities at the time had said the driver’s negligence caused the tragedy.

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