By DW Team

At least nine Hindu pilgrims were killed in India-controlled Kashmir on Sunday as the bus carrying them fell into a deep gorge following a suspected militant attack, officials said on Monday.

The militants attacked the bus traveling to the famous Hindu temple Mata Vaishno Devi in the Reasi district, senior administrative officer Vishesh Mahajan said.

“Militants ambushed the bus and fired at it indiscriminately. The bus fell into a gorge, leading to the death of nine pilgrims, and 33 are injured,” said Mohita Sharma, district police chief of Reasi.

The Associated Press (AP) news agency reported, citing police, that some of the victims had bullet wounds. The police officer blamed militants who are opposed to India’s rule in Kashmir for the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The wounded pilgrims were hospitalized and a probe to find the attackers has been initiated, a police statement said.

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