10 Indian troops dead in Kashmir avalanche

Ten Indian soldiers missing in an avalanche in Kashmir have died, officials said Friday.

The avalanche hit a high-altitude military post on the Siachen glacier early on Wednesday.

Rescue teams found no survivors after searching amid adverse weather conditions and the thin atmosphere, senior army officer DS Huda said.

"Demise of soldiers in Siachen is very tragic," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said late Thursday. "I salute the brave soldiers who gave their lives to the nation."

India and Pakistan have deployed troops since 1984 on the disputed glacier, located at more than 7,000 metres in the Himalayan mountains.

Avalanches are common in Kashmir. In 2012, an avalanche in the Pakistan-controlled part of the region's Siachen glacier killed 140 people including 129 soldiers.

India and Pakistan have lost more troops to the elements than to enemy fire in the region.

The disputed Kashmir region is split into two parts, one administered by India and the other by Pakistan.

Last update: Fri, 05/02/2016 - 10:55
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