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NEW DELHI – At least 10 Indian soldiers have reportedly died in two avalanches in disputed mountainous region of Kashmir.


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Accounts of the death toll varied, but an unidentified official said the casualties occurred when an avalanche struck a military camp Wednesday in Kashmir’s Gurez Sector of Bandipora district, a valley at an altitude of about 8,600 feet surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains.

At least seven soldiers were rescued, but additional deaths occurred when a second avalanche struck a patrol on its way to adjacent Ganderbal district, according to Indian army.

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Snowfall in the area, territory controlled by India but contested by India and Pakistan, continued for three days prior to the avalanche.

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Although Indian soldiers have been killed by Pakistani gunfire along the border, more than 900 have died in non-military incidents, mostly weather-related, in the region since 1984, an Indian army source told the Times of India.