3 soldiers killed, many missing in Pakistan avalanche

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 17:20 hrs

Islamabad, Nov 30 (IANS) At least three soldiers were killed Friday and many others, including both troops and civilians, went missing as an avalanche hit Pakistan-controlled Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC) with India, reported Xinhua.

A Xinhua source in northern Pakistan said the avalanche occurred at about 3 a.m. local time Friday near Tehjiann Sector along the LoC.

The bodies of the three soldiers killed in the avalanche have already been recovered and airlifted to their hometown, said the army source.

The missing people are still unaccounted for, it added.

On April 7, a massive avalanche hit a Pakistani army camp in the Siachen Glacier area, the world's highest battle-ground, where thousands of Pakistani and Indian soldiers perform duties in harsh cold across the LoC that divides Kashmir.

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