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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Bus Collides with Milk Truck in India, At Least 18 People Dead

A roadside assistance worker tows away the mangled remains of a double-decker passenger bus that collided with a milk truck, near Unnao, in northern India state of Uttar Pradesh, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (AP Photo)
A roadside assistance worker tows away the mangled remains of a double-decker passenger bus that collided with a milk truck, near Unnao, in northern India state of Uttar Pradesh, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (AP Photo)
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Bus Collides with Milk Truck in India, At Least 18 People Dead

A roadside assistance worker tows away the mangled remains of a double-decker passenger bus that collided with a milk truck, near Unnao, in northern India state of Uttar Pradesh, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (AP Photo)
A roadside assistance worker tows away the mangled remains of a double-decker passenger bus that collided with a milk truck, near Unnao, in northern India state of Uttar Pradesh, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (AP Photo)

A double-decker passenger bus collided with a milk truck in northern India on Wednesday, killing at least 18 people and injuring many others, officials said.
The collision occurred on an expressway in Uttar Pradesh state, and 19 injured people were rushed to the hospital by villagers in the area, said police officer Arvind Kumar, adding that their condition was reported to be stable. The bus was traveling from the northern state of Bihar to the capital New Delhi, The Associated Press reported.
"Authorities are in the process of identifying the victims, and a probe has been launched to determine the exact cause of the accident,” Kumar added.
Gaurang Rathi, a government official, said that according to a preliminary investigation the bus may have been speeding when it struck the milk truck from behind, which led both vehicles to overturn. The collision was severe enough that one side of the bus was torn off, causing passengers to be ejected from the vehicle. Images on television showed bodies scattered across the road.
India has some of the highest road death rates in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people killed and injured annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.
In May, a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims skidded and rolled into a deep gorge on a mountainous highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least 21 people.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : 4 Indian Soldiers Killed in Gunfight with Suspected Rebels in Kashmir

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 15 July 2024. EPA/FAROOQ KHAN
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 15 July 2024. EPA/FAROOQ KHAN
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4 Indian Soldiers Killed in Gunfight with Suspected Rebels in Kashmir

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 15 July 2024. EPA/FAROOQ KHAN
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 15 July 2024. EPA/FAROOQ KHAN

Four Indian soldiers were killed in a gunfight with suspected rebels fighting against Indian rule in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Indian military said Tuesday.
The soldiers were killed late Monday when they were fired at by militants hiding in the forests of southern Doda district in Jammu division, the Indian military said in a statement on the X social media platform. Government forces had been conducting a search based on intelligence input when the shooting occurred, The Associated Press reported.
No insurgent group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack was the latest in a flurry of violence in the region. Last week, five soldiers were killed in the nearby Kathua district when suspected rebels ambushed an army vehicle. In June, nine people were killed when suspected militants fired at a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims.