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Bus plunges off road in Pakistan quake zone, 14 dead

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 26 (Reuters) Fourteen people were killed today when a bus hit by a falling rock, triggered by a landslide, plunged off a road in an earthquake-devastated region in Pakistan, police said.

The huge rock struck the bus just 2 km (1 mile) short of Balakot, a town flattened by last year's deadly earthquake.

''Fourteen people died on the spot and four people, including two children, have been injured,'' Khalid Khan, a deputy superintendent of police, in Balakot told Reuters.

Landslides are common in mountainous northern Pakistan where more than 73,000 people were killed and around 3 million left homeless by an Oct. 8 earthquake.

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