J&K: Avalanche hits Army camp in Kupwara, 3 soldiers dead, 1 injured

In an unfortunate incident of avalanche in Machhil sector the Army lost three valiant soldiers' an army official said. Representation image

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

The LoC divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

"The people living in higher reaches of these districts should avoid movement in the avalanche-prone areas/slopes for the next 24 hours", he had added.

The avalanche hit an army post near the Line of Control around 11:20 am, defence ministry sources told news agency IANS. He said four soldiers, guarding the border at Sonapindi picket in Machil sector in north Kashmir district of Kupwara were buried under the snow avalanche.

Deceased soldiers were identified as Havaldar Kamlesh Kumar, Niak Balbeer and Sepor Rajinder.

In December a year ago, two soldiers were killed in avalanche.

In 2016, at least 14 Indian soldiers were killed in two avalanches in the region.

However, three soldiers succumbed at 92 base hospital Badamibagh, Srinagar.

While two soldiers had slipped down a mountain slope in Nawgam sector of Kupwara district, three others went missing from a forward post in Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in Bandipora district during heavy snowfall on Tuesday.

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