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Avalanche traps about 135 Pakistani soldiers near Siachen Glacier

Skardu, Sat, 07 Apr 2012 ANI

Skardu (Pakistan), Apr.7 (ANI): An avalanche has reportedly buried about 135 Pakistani Army soldiers, including a colonel in the Gayari Sector near the Siachen Glacier.

A Geo News report quoted ISPR spokesman Major General Athar Abbas, as saying:: "At six o'clock this morning this avalanche hit a (military) headquarters. Over 100 soldiers and personnel are trapped."

He added that rescue teams were headed to the scene. He said the army would comment later on whether there were any casualties.

According to the Dawn newspaper, the avalanche smashed into the Pakistan Army battalion headquarters on a Himalayan glacier close to India.

Siachen is on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region claimed by both India and Pakistan. (ANI)

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