3 soldiers killed, several others missing as avalanche hits N. Pakistan

2012-11-30 15:43:04 GMT2012-11-30 23:43:04(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- At least three soldiers were killed and several others including both troops and civilians went missing as an avalanche hit Pakistan's northern area along the Pak- Indo Line of Control, local media reported Friday.

A sources of Xinhua in northern Pakistan said that the avalanche occurred at about 3:00 a.m. local time Friday near Tehjiann Sector in Pakistan-held Azad Kashmir area along the Line of Control between Pakistan and India.

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 7th, 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 Line of Control, which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.

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