3 soldiers die in avalanche in J&K

Posted February 04, 2018

The Indian army said Friday that three soldiers were killed when an avalanche struck their Himalayan post in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

The avalanche struck two days after a 24-hour avalanche warning was issued in several districts of Jammu and Kashmir, including Kupwara, on Wednesday, shortly after a 6.2 magnitude natural disaster on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region jolted parts of north India.

They said intelligence inputs suggest that there are large number of militants waiting in launch pads near the LoC in north Kashmir to sneak into this side even during winter months.

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"We are still confirming if more soldiers are trapped under the snow".

The three deceased army men were identified as Havaldar Kamlesh Kumar, Naik Balbeer and Sepoy Rajinder.

The soldiers were from the 21 Rajput regiment, an unidentified senior Army officer told GNS.

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However, one died on the spot and two others succumbed while being shifted to 92 base hospital Badamibagh, Srinagar.

Two soldiers were swept away on 11 December in an avalanche in Gurez sector along the LoC.

He said that four soldiers went missing due to avalanche.

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Last January in a series of four avalanches 24 people, including 20 soldiers and four civilians had died.