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Four Soldiers Among Nine Killed In Avalanches In Jammu And Kashmir's Machil Sector

The Army Launched Rescue Operations And Traced Four Of The Soldiers. While Three Of Them Were Declared Dead, Another Was Injured And Is Being Treated At A Local Military Facility, The Sources Said.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 14 Jan 2020, 09:55:48 PM
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New Delhi:

Nine people, including four soldiers, were killed in three avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir since Monday night, police and defence sources said. An avalanche hit an Army post in Machil sector along the Line of Control on Tuesday, trapping five soldiers. A rescue operation was launched, and four soldiers traced.

While three of them were declared dead, another was injured and was undergoing treatment at a local military facility, the sources said, adding efforts are on to trace the missing soldier. Another avalanche struck a village in Gagangir area of Ganderbal district on Monday night in which five civilians were killed while four others were rescued, police said.

In the third incident, a 29-year-old BSF jawan was killed and six others were rescued after an avalanche hit their post along the LoC in Kashmir’s Naugam sector at 8:30 pm on Monday. Officials identified the deceased as constable Ganga Bara of the 77th battalion of the force.

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“There were a total of seven troops deployed in the affected area. While six were safely rescued, constable Bara could not be revived even after much effort,” a senior officer of the border guarding force said. The jawan hails from the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal and had joined the BSF in 2011. The Border Security Force (BSF) is deployed along the LoC under the operational command of the Army as part of guarding the front against Pakistan.

(With Agency Inputs)

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First Published : 14 Jan 2020, 06:03:20 PM

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