NEW DELHI: At least 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and over 30 injured when a bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highwayand rolled down into a deep nullah in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, officials said.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ramban, Mohan Lal said the bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway close to Banihal, turned turtle and rolled down into the gorge.

Rescue operations are currently underway.

The tragedy comes days after eight Amarnath yatris were killed and dozens wounded after terrorists opened fire on their bus in Anantnag district.