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Seven bodies recovered from Pakistan's 2005 quake: police

world Updated: Aug 01, 2010 22:06 IST

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Police and rescue workers today recovered seven bodies more than four years after a devastating earthquake buried them under tonnes of rubble in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

The bodies were found at Kaamsar village, five kilometres northwest of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

"We have recovered seven dead bodies from the rubble. These people were trapped by the earthquake while travelling in a car," senior police official Musa Khan told AFP.

In January this year, the police had recovered 16 dead bodies from a passenger coach which had also been buried under rubble by the earthquake.

Khan said that the bodies discovered on Sunday were beyond recognition but people were able to identify their loved ones from national identity cards and personal belongings.

The 7.6-magnitude quake on October 8, 2005 killed more than 73,000 people and left around 3.5 million homeless, mainly in PoK and parts of the country's North West Frontier Province.