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4 soldiers, civilian missing in Kashmir avalanche

The incident occured around 8 am yesterday

Srinagar: Four soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and a civilian, were trapped under an avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday and were yet to be traced, an army official said.

“Around 8 am today, an avalanche triggered at the higher reaches of Shamshabari Range resulted in one JCO, three jawans and one civilian porter getting trapped in the frontier district of Kupwara,” said defence spokesman, Col
NN Joshi.


Five people were trapped under an avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday. Pic for Reprsentation only

The soldiers were part of an army link patrol, operating in the areas south of Nasta Chun pass, he said.

“Army avalanche rescue teams located at the Nasta Chun Pass were immediately launched and commenced the search and rescue operation. Search was still in progress when the last update came,” Col Joshi added.

Meanwhile, Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were injured yesterday when guerrillas fired at a security force vehicle on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Anantnag district, police said.

According to a senior official the injured troopers, part of a CRPF patrol in the area deployed to provide security to traffic on the highway, have been taken to hospital.

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