Avalanches kill six army men in Gurez valley

KL News Network

Srinagar

Six army men were killed after two avalanches hit army posts and patrols in Gurez sector of Bandipora district.

In a statement, army said that a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and six soldiers were rescued after the avalanches hit their posts.

“An avalanche struck an army camp in Gurez Sector of J&K on 25 January 2017. Rescue operations were immediately launched in extreme bad weather and heavy snow fall. The search operation enabled rescue of one JCO and six soldiers while bodies of three soldiers could only be retrieved today morning,” said the statement.

It added that an army patrol moving towards a post went missing after an avalanche hit the same area yesterday.

“In another avalanche in the same area yesterday, one Army patrol moving towards the post went missing. The area continues to receive heavy snow fall. Braving inhospitable weather conditions, coordinated rescue operations are in progress in which three bodies could be recovered so far. Search operations continue.”

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