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3:23 am - Tuesday January 23, 2018

5 soldiers missing in 2 snow avalanches

Agencies, Srinagar

Five soldiers have gone missing after two snow avalanches hit forward Army posts in north Kashmir, where an Army porter slipped to death from a mountain in the border town of Gurez.

Official sources told agencies that a snow avalanche, triggered by snowfall since Monday, hit Army’s Mani Post at Bagtoo in Gurez in Bandipora district.

“Three jawans in the post have gone missing,” they said. They said a search and rescue operation has been launched in the area to trace the missing soldiers.

A snow avalanche hit a forward Army post in Nowgam sector in Kupwara district late on Monday night, they said.“Two soldiers belonging to 20 Dogra regiment, who were inside the post, went missing,” they added.

A search operation was immediately launched to trace the missing soldiers. Meanwhile, a porter working with Army slipped to death from a mountain top due to slippery conditions following fresh snowfall in Gurez on Monday.

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