Two German hikers are dead after an accident on Italy's Monte Rosa, the second-highest mountain range in Western Europe, emergency rescue services said Wednesday.
The victims are a man and a woman, an officer with the Soccorso Alpino Guardia di Finanza told dpa by telephone.
He could not confirm a report from the ANSA news agency that the man was aged 31 and the woman 57.
The news agency said the pair fell while climbing the Central Breithorn mountain, and that their bodies were taken to the north-western Italian resort of Champoluc for forensic examinations.
The accident took place at a height of about 4,000 meters, ANSA added.
Three other fatalities have been registered on the Italian Alps in recent days.
On Saturday, the bodies of two Britons were recovered on the Matterhorn mountain, which straddles the border between Italy and Switzerland, while an Italian fell to his death during an excursion in the Dolomites.