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5 killed, 9 injured as boulder hits minibus in Doda

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Bhaderwah, Apr 24: Five persons, including three women, were killed and nine others injured, when a minibus came under a boulder after a landslide hit a stretch of road in Doda district Wednesday, officials said.

The minibus was on its way to Gandoh from Thathri, when the boulder hit it at Piyakul belt late afternoon on Wednesday, they said.

Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Gandoh Bhallesa Nawaz Khanday said five persons were killed and nine others injured in the incident.

Mohammad Anwar Banday, SDM Thathri, said preliminary reports suggest that the minibus, which was crossing the muddy patch, came under debris and rocks after a sudden landslide.

Locals and police immediately reached the spot and after rescuing the passengers, shifted them to Primary Health Centre (PHC) Kahara.

Initially, three persons died on the spot and 11 others were injured, some of them critically. Later on, two more succumbed in the hospital, they said.

The deceased have been identified as Shakeela Bagum, Mansoor Ahmad, his wife Gulshan Bagum, Mudaser Husain and Kamlesha Devi- all of them of Doda district.

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