India military death toll rises to 14 in Kashmir avalanche

Published On: January 27, 2017 12:35 PM NPT By: Associated Press

SRINAGAR, India, Jan 27:  The Indian army says the death toll from an avalanche has risen to 14 as the bodies of four more soldiers who went missing in the accident were recovered in the highly militarized Line of Control area in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Indian army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said rescuers recovered the bodies early Friday after digging through piles of snow in the Gurez sector near the de facto frontier that separates the Indian- and Pakistani-held portions of the region.

An avalanche hit a military post and a patrol on Wednesday night and buried 21 Indian soldiers. Seven were rescued.

Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir and have caused some of the heaviest tolls for the Indian and Pakistani armies camped near the Line of Control area.

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