10 Pakistani soldiers among 27 confirmed dead in Chilas bus crash

09:45 AM | 22 Sep, 2019
10 Pakistani soldiers among 27 confirmed dead in Chilas bus crash
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CHILAS – At least 27 people, including 10 Pakistan Army soldiers and eight children, have been confirmed dead in a tragic accident near Babusar Top, a famous tourist destination in Chilas.

Women and children are among over a dozen injured in the crash on Sunday morning. The bus was travelling from Skardu, a famous tourist destination, to the garrison city of Rawalpindi when the accident occurred in the country's northern region of Gilgit-Baltistan, which borders China.

All the injured were airlifted by Army Aviation helicopters and shifted to CMH Gilgit, the Inte Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

According to Diamer police spokesperson Mohammad Wakeel, the driver lost control of the bus early Sunday morning, and it collided against a mountain. It is yet unclear how the driver lost control of the vehicle.

According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, around 9,000 road accidents are reported every year, killing around 4,000 people.

This is a developing story and will be updated soon.