12 dead in stampede at Hindu devi shrine in Occupied Kashmir
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"At least 12 people lost their lives and 13 are injured," one senior government official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "The toll could be higher as the route to the hilltop shrine was packed with devotees trying to do the customary new-year visit and prayers," he said.
Another disaster-management official confirmed the death toll, saying the stampede took place at about 2:45 am (2115 GMT).
"Extremely saddened by the loss of lives," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, adding that he was in touch with local officials. "Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon," Modi said.