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10 Soldiers Die In Two Avalanches Along The LoC In Kashmir

Seven others were rescued. 

26/01/2017 3:17 PM IST | Updated 26/01/2017 3:56 PM IST
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SRINAGAR -- The Army said on Thursday it lost 10 soldiers in two avalanches which hit army posts and patrols on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district.

"Six soldiers were killed in two separate avalanche tragedies in Gurez sector of the LoC (on Wednesday)," an army statement had earlier said.

A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and six soldiers were rescued after avalanches hit their camp.

"Rescue operations were immediately launched in extreme bad weather amid heavy snow fall," the statement said.

The bodies of three soldiers were retrieved on Thursday morning. Later in the day more bodies were found.

In another incident, an army patrol moving towards a post went missing after an avalanche hit the same area again on Wednesday.

An Army officer was killed and four soldiers were injured on Wednesday in a separate avalanche in Sonamarg in Ganderbal district.

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