Seven killed as bridge collapses in Neelum Valley

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Police officials told Geo News around 25 tourists stopped to take pictures on the bridge, located in Nala Jagran area of the region, when it collapsed as it could not withstand the pressure.

Locals said the victims were likely boys and girls of a college that were touring the scenic valley. However, tourists ignored the warning signs and bridge collapsed resulting in five deaths.

More than 25 tourists were swept away and at least five of them declared dead after a bridge collapsed in Neelam valley of Azad Kashmir on Sunday.

An operation is underway to rescue the tourists, with authorities having rescued at least four people up till now.

Sources said the bridge could only withstand a maximum of four persons and had relevant warning signs for the objective as well but the tourists still thronged the bridge. Three of the bodies were identified as Shahzeb, Abdul Rehman and Muhammad Zubair from Tips College, Faisalabad, whereas, Anum, D/o Matloob, Anisa Bibi and Waleed Sajjid got injured.

He further said Pakistan Army is assisting the civil administration in the rescue.

The army's media wing said that the Army personnel shifted four bodies and 11 injured to Muzaffarabad from Shahkot via helicopter.

Scores of visitors flock to Kashmir and its scene Neelum Valley during the summer season. A control room has been set up in Muzaffarabad to monitor the situation.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the Neelum Valley mishap.