JSrinagar: Six soldiers were killed while several others are missing after two avalanches in Gurez Sector of Kashmir, an army official said on Thursday.

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An avalanche hit an army camp in Gurez sector of Bandipora district near the Line of Control on Wednesday evening in which several soldiers were trapped, the army official said.

He said rescue operations were launched and seven soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer were saved.

“Bodies of three soldiers were retrieved his morning,” he said.

The official said another avalanche hit a patrol party which was on its way to a post in Gurez sector on Wednesday evening.

“Rescue teams were able to retrieve three bodies from the spot of the incident while some soldiers are still missing,” the official said.

He said the exact number of missing soldiers was not yet known as heavy snowfall was hampering ongoing operations.

On Wednesday, an officer was killed in an avalanche at Sonamarg in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district while four members of a family died in another avalanche in Gurez sector.

Authorities have issued a high danger avalanche warning in hilly parts of snow-bound Kashmir valley in view of fresh snowfall which has been going on intermittently for past three days.

Earlier, on Wednesday, one army officer has died following an avalanche near a camp in Sonamarg area in Ganderbal district, while four members of a family were buried alive in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir. Eight army men who were earlier reported to have been trapped were rescued successfully during the operation.

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