Srinagar: Eleven Indian Army troopers were killed in two north Kashmir avalanches overnight in Bandipora and Ganderbal districts, an army official said Thursday.
Lt. Col. J.S. Brar, spokesman of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said: "Eight army troopers were killed and eight are still missing, 13 have been rescued from the avalanche that struck the brigade headquarters in Dawar village of Gurez (109 km from here) subdivision of Bandipora on Wednesday night."
"Operations are still on to rescue the eight buried under the avalance," he said.
"Three troopers of the Territorial Army, including a junior commissioned officer, were killed in another avalanche that struck an army camp late Wednesday night in Sonmarg resort in Ganderbal, 87 km from srinagar," he added.
In the third avalanche, more than dozen hutments in Ramwari area of Ganerbal district during the night, but no loss of life occurred in the incident.
The area is inhabited by nomadic goatherds during the summer as they take their flock of sheep and goats for grazing.