24 Pakistani soldiers killed in road crash

ABBOTTABAD: A government official says a bus carrying Pakistani soldiers slid off a mountainous road and fell into a deep ravine in the country’s northwest, killing 24 and injuring five others.

The official Aqil Badshah says the bus was going from the garrison city of Rawalpindi to the northern town of Gigit when the accident happened Saturday morning in the Kohistan district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Badshah says the dead and injured have been taken to a nearby hospital.

“All those 24 who were killed are Pakistan army personnel and we have started the rescue operation and called the army to airlift injured and bodies to Rawalpindi,” Aqal Badshah, deputy commissioner Kohistan, said.