Siachen avalanche kills 100 Pak troops

Apr 08, 2012, 01:50 IST | Agencies

At least 130 Pakistani soldiers were buried in an avalanche in Kashmir's Siachen region in Gayari district at 6 am yesterday

The avalanche hit a military camp near the Siachen glacier in the Karakoram branch of the Himalayas where thousands of Pakistani and Indian troops confront each other.

Pakistan army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas stated that some bodies had been recovered, but he did not say how many troops survived the avalanche.

Expressing his shock over the loss of lives of Pakistani soldiers, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the incident wouldn’t undermine the morale of soldiers.

Saving lives
The Pakistani military says its “priority is to save lives”, and helicopters, sniffer dogs and troops have been sent to the area to help with the rescue.

The troops are from the Northern Light Infantry regiment and according to state-run PTV, the buried include a battalion commander. 

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