Avalanche hits army post, three soldiers killed

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Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) has issued a low-danger avalanche warning for some avalanche-prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

We can not lower the guard because of avalanche warning as the threat of infiltration from across the LoC remains there even during winter, they added. The rescue operation is on to recover the bodies of the soldiers, the police said.

Avalanches and landslides are common in Himalayan Kashmir.

As troops refused to leave their post despite avalanche warning, a forward picket got swept away in an avalanche in Machil sector on Friday, a senior Army officer said.

Indian Army spokesperson said, "The three soldiers who killed in the avalanche were part of a team posted in Machhil sector of Kupwara district". They were there defending the country.

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

Earlier, in December a year ago, five army personnel died after avalanches, triggered by heavy snowfall, struck two forward posts in Gurez and Nowgam sectors of north Kashmir's Bandipora and Kupwara districts respectively.

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