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4 persons bury alive, 3 injured as passenger wagon hit by land sliding in AJK’s Kotli district

MIRPUR [AJK] Altaf Hamid Rao: Four people, including a woman, were killed and three others injured grievously as a passenger wagon buried under a giant landslide in Nikayal town of Kotli district of Azad Jammu Kashmir on Thursday, police said.
Senior Superintendent of Kotli Raja Irfan Salim told our Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao over telephone on Thursday that the ill-fated wagon was on way from Sailone village to Nikayal when it met the mishap by having been badly hit by a big land slide at Bag Naara, about 50 kilometer from district headquarter of Kotli, while passing through the area of huge hilly terrain. Those lost their lives were identified as Wajid, Karamat Hussain, Abdul Qadeer and Nazia Kouser. The injured, identified as Touqeer Ahmed, Safeena Kouser and Hawaldar [Retd] Muhammad Rafique, were admitted in tehsil headquarter hospital in Nikayal where their condition is stated to be out of danger, the district police chief said. AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has expressed deep sense of shock and grief over the loss of precious lives in the tragic mishap. In a condolence message, the Prime Minister prayed for the rest of the departed soul in eternal peace and grant of fortitude to the bereaved families to bear the loss with courage. The upper reaches as well as the valley of top mountainous Kotli district and its adjoining areas were in the grip of torrential rains during past two days that led to the land sliding at various sites including the link roads in the rains hit district, according to the reports.

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