Nine soldiers martyred as truck plunges into ravine

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At least nine soldiers were martyred and four injured when their truck plunged into a ravine in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Sunday morning, military and witnesses said.

The truck — part of a military convoy — was heading towards Mang Bajri in Bagh district when the incident occurred near Shujaabad, some 12 km before its destination, at about 4am on Sunday, military officials said.

“There were 13 soldiers, including the driver, on board the truck and seven of them were martyred on the spot while the rest were injured,” a military official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.

The injured were evacuated to a hospital in Rawalakot, where two of them succumbed to their wounds, he said. Local police said that the truck fell 500 feet (150 metres) down the ravine.

 

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