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    Cable car plummets 100ft down a mountain- Seven killed

    Four Indian tourists and three local residents died when a cable car crashed down from a height of 100 feet in a tourist town in the Indian part of Kashmir.
    Four other people were injured in the accident in the resort town of Gulmarg, said senior police officer Imtiyaz Hussain. One of the injured was in a critical condition.
    Mr Hussain said gusty winds in the area uprooted a huge pine tree that hit the cable of the coach, bringing it down to the ground.

    The dead included a New Delhi couple and their two children. The three local residents who died included two tourist guides.
    'We are combing the forest area below the cable line to see if there are any more bodies,' Hussain told AFP shortly after the incident. 
    Authorities have since restored the cable and rescued around 100 people who were stranded in cable cars. They were also scouring the nearby forest for any further victims.
    The accident was the first since the cable cars were installed 18 years ago, Mr Hussain said.
    The cable cars carry tourists in the Pirpanjal mountain range in the western Himalayas.  
    The gondola lift at Gulmarg claims to be the world's highest, ferrying passengers to a height of 13,450 feet (4,100 metres) for panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas.
    Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination for both Indian and foreign tourists, though the accident happened during the summer tourist season.
    It is the only ski resort in the restive Kashmir region, with tourists also visiting in the off-season for the views.
    But visitor numbers have dipped in recent years amid unrest in the strife-torn region, with violence rising since the death of a popular militant leader last year.
    Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 but both claim the territory in its entirety.

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