5 killed as landslide hits mini

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and eight others injured Monday after landslide hit a mini-bus carrying Hindu pilgrims in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

Following the accident police teams rushed to the spot to evacuate the injured to hospital and retrieve bodies.

"Today a mini-bus carrying Hindu pilgrims to a local shrine was hit by huge boulders following a landslide at Kulighad in Kishtwar," a police official at Jammu police control room told Xinhua. "Five people were killed and eight others injured in the accident."

Indian-controlled Kashmir has a rugged terrain. Landslides are often triggered from its mountains during frequent rains. Enditem

Last month eight people were killed and over 500 others injured after a landslide hit a picnic spot in the region. The victims were bathing under the 500-feet-high waterfall, when the landmass fell upon them.

The landslide triggered falling of huge boulders at Kulighad in Kishtwar, about 225 km south of Srinagar, the capital city of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Police officials said a car was also hit by the landslide.