16 Hindu pilgrims killed when bus plummets into gorge
- The pilgrims were headed to the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath
- Last week, 8 Hindu pilgrims were killed in crossfire on the same highway
Another 29 people were injured when the bus crashed off the mountainous Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the Indian Home Ministry said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the bus to fall into a gorge near Banihal, a town about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Srinagar.
“A rescue operation was launched immediately, and the seriously injured pilgrims are being airlifted to hospital in Jammu,” said Mandeep Bhandari, commissioner of the division of Jammu.
Modi himself tweeted his condolences to the families of the deceased “Amarnath Yatris,” or Amarnath shrine pilgrims.