Soldiers Killed In Kashmir Avalanches

Soldiers Killed In Kashmir Avalanches

10 February 2010
Reuters
Sheikh Mushtaq

Srinagar: At least three Indian soldiers were killed on Wednesday when avalanches hit military posts on the Siachen glacier, the world's highest battleground near the border with Pakistan, the army said. The avalanche was triggered by heavy snow on the glacier, which reaches an altitude of 18,000 feet (5,500 metres) and lies northeast of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital. On Tuesday night another soldier was killed when an avalanche buried a military post in north Kashmir near a military line which separates India and Pakistan. 'Over a dozen were rescued in north Kashmir,' army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel J. S. Brar said. At least 17 Indian soldiers were killed on Monday when an avalanche smashed into a military training camp in the Khilanmarg area near Gulmarg, a ski resort visited by thousands of people, including some foreigners, every winter. Authorities have issued a fresh avalanche warning in Kashmir, where avalanches occur frequently.


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