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Two avalanches hit Gurez Sector, 10 soldiers killed: Army

An Indian police officer listens to messages from his colleague on a radio on a key Kashmir highway in Jawahar Tunnel. An Indian police officer listens to messages from his colleague on a radio on a key Kashmir highway in Jawahar Tunnel 90 km (55 miles) south of Srinagar, February 28, 2005. A mountainous 300 km (186 mile) long key Jammu-Srinagar highway remained shut for the 12th day on Monday after avalanches and landslides killed at least 278 people in the Himalayan region. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Srinagar: Ten soldiers were killed as two avalanches hit Gurez Sector of Kashmir, an army official said today.

An avalanche hit an army camp in Gurez sector of Bandipora district near the Line of Control last evening in which several soldiers were trapped, the army official said.

He said rescue operations were launched and seven soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer were saved.

“Bodies of three soldiers were retrieved his morning,” he said.

The official said another avalanche hit a patrol party which was on its way to a post in Gurez sector last evening.

“Rescue teams have so far retrieved seven bodies from the spot of the incident,” the official said.

Yesterday, an officer was killed an avalanche at Sonamarg in central Kashmir Ganderbal district while four members of a family died in another avalanche in Gurez sector yesterday.

Authorities have issued a high danger avalanche warning in hilly parts of snow-bound Kashmir valley in view of fresh snowfall which has been going on intermittently for past three days.