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Five students killed, 20 missing as bridge collapses in PoK

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

At least five medical students were killed and over 20 others swept away as an old wooden bridge on a river in Pakistan-occupied collapsed while the students were taking pictures on it.

The students, in their early 20s, from two private colleges in and Lahore, had stopped to take pictures on the bridge in when it collapsed as it could not withstand the pressure, said.

Five bodies have been recovered so far while an operation is under way to rescue the missing tourists, police said. The students were on a college trip.

Personnel of the Army are also assisting in the operation. However, the extremely cold water of the stream and its strong current are hampering efforts to recover the persons, the officials said.

Officials were quoted as saying that the bridge could only withstand a maximum of four persons and had relevant warning signs for the purpose as well but the tourists still thronged the bridge.

has directed the to speed up rescue efforts and ensure anyone responsible for negligence is brought to book.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 15:20 IST