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16 Indian soldiers die in road accident

At least 16 soldiers have died in India’s remote northeast as the military truck transporting them skidded down a steep mountain slope and crashed, according to the army.

A statement by the Indian Army’s eastern command said the accident occurred on Friday in the state of Sikkim, while the truck carrying the soldiers was negotiating a treacherous turn in a mountainous area near the border with China.

The statement confirmed that three officers and 13 soldiers had died of injuries after the accident.

“A rescue mission was immediately launched, and four injured soldiers have been air evacuated,” the statement said.

Sikkim has some of India’s most dangerous high-altitude roads, particularly along its isolated Himalayan border with Tibet.

Accidents involving army vehicles near the vast boundary with China and Pakistan leave many soldiers dead each year.

In August, six paramilitaries were killed in an accident in Indian-administered Kashmir when an armored vehicle carrying them rolled down a mountain slope.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor