Six dead, 15 injured in wall collapse during Independence Day celebrations in Gilgit

Security personnel pushing back crowd of people from the accident site at Jutial helipad after a wall collapsed late Tuesday night.

Herald Report

GILGITSix people died and 15 others suffered injuries late Tuesday night after a boundary wall collapsed in cantonment area of Gilgit, police and hospital sources told The High Asia Herald.

The incident occurred during the Independence Day celebrations that started at 10pm at Helipad in Jutial Cantonment area.

The sources confirmed death of six.

Those died in the incident were identified as Ali, 13-year-old; Amjad, a resident of Oshkhandas; Karimullah, a resident of Jaglot; and Zakir Hussain, a resident of Danyor.

Identities of two deceased could not be ascertained.

Three of the injured — Riaz Khan, Mujahid and another person who’s identity could not be ascertained — are in critical condition, a hospital source said.

Those with minor injuries are: Sepoy Shoaib Sultan and his wife, Lance Naik (retd) Zafarullah, Haveldar (Retd) Ghulam Abbas,Lance naik  Zafarullah Khan, a resident of Sust;  Saqlain noor , 17; Ali afzal, 31; Liaqat Ali, Ghulam Abbas, Shehzad,16; Amjad Ali; 21; Niyat Pana, a resident of Ishkoman; Naeem abbas, 22, a resident of Jutial; Sher Ameen, 18, a resident of Wahdat Colony, Gilgit; Zuhair, a resident of Skarkoi, Gilgit; Ayaan Haider, 12, a resident of Baseen; and -Zar khan, a resident of Ishkoman.

The injured were shifted to combined military hospital.

According to witnesses, a large number of people had climbed the boundary wall to watch the Independence Day celebrations when it collapsed.

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