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7 soldiers die, 19 hurt in Ladakh accident

Srinagar, May 27 (UNI): Seven soldiers were killed and 19 were wounded when a vehicle carrying them skidded off the road and rolled down into a gorge near Turtuk in Ladakh on Friday, Defence Ministry officials said.

The accident took place around 10 am between Partapur and Turtuk, the officials said.

“A party of 26 soldiers was moving to a forward location when the vehicle skidded and fell into the Shyok river,” an official said. “Seven soldiers died and 19 others were wounded. Some are badly injured.”

The Army launched a massive operation and the injured were evacuated to medical facilities.

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