KARACHI, Pakistan 

At least 21 people were killed after a passenger van plunged into the Indus River in northern Pakistan on Monday morning, an official said.

The van carrying 25 passengers fell into the river in Skardu district, a famous tourist destination, which borders China.

Faizullah Faraq, a spokesman for the government of Gilgit-Baltistan region in which Skardu is located, confirmed the death toll to Anadolu Agency adding that four persons were injured in the accident.

A rescue operation backed by army helicopters was underway to pull out the bodies, he said.

Ghulam Murtaza, an assistant district commissioner, told reporters

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