12 killed in stampede at Indian shrine


Thousands of devotees were at the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu, northern India when the stampede happened around 2:30 a.m. local time Saturday.

Another 16 people were injured and have been hospitalized, said Deputy Commissioner of Reasi Charandeep Singh.

A screengrab shows a packed crowd at the shrine on Saturday.

The cause of the stampede has not yet been established. A high level inquiry has been ordered by Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha.

Tens of thousands of Indians visit the shrine on a daily basis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon.”

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