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Jammu and Kashmir avalanche: 3 soldiers killed in Batalik sector

IANS | Jammu |

Three of the five soldiers hit by an avalanche in Batalik sector in Jammu and Kashmir were found dead on Friday, the Indian Army said.

The avalanche swamped an army post on Thursday in Ladakh region, burying five soldiers.

Two soldiers were rescued immediately.

The Udhampur-headquartered Northern Command of the Army said the body of a third soldier was recovered on Friday. Earlier, two soldiers succumbed to their injuries.

The army said all soldiers hit by another avalanche in Kaksar sector in Ladakh had been safely rescued while damages to stores and equipment were being assessed.

Fresh heavy snowfall in Ladakh region has triggered multiple avalanches, especially in the areas close to the Line of Control (LoC).