J&K: Avalanche hits Army camp in Kupwara, 3 soldiers dead, 1 injured

Violet Powell
February 4, 2018

Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) has issued a low-danger avalanche warning for some avalanche-prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir. "One soldier is injured and no one is missing", he said.

They said intelligence inputs suggest that there are large number of militants waiting in launch pads near the LoC in north Kashmir to sneak into this side even during winter months.

A senior army officer said that an army post of 21 Rajput Rifles came under an avalanche today at around 4.30 pm at Sona Pandi Gali in Machil along the LoC. A search operation was started immediately, and all the four soldiers trapped under snow were evacuated. Two more later succumbed while third soldier Seopy Bipin was stable, he added. In 2012, a massive avalanche in the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 soldiers.

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Defense spokesman Rajesh Kalia told The Indian Express that three soldiers were killed when the Army post was hit by an avalanche in Machil sector.

Last January in a series of four avalanches 24 people, including 20 soldiers and four civilians had died.

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