Published — Sunday 16 December 2012
Last update 16 December 2012 11:26 pm
SRINAGAR, India: An army spokesman says an avalanche in the high Himalayas has killed six Indian soldiers in the Indian portion of Kashmir.
Lieut. Col. J.S. Brar said the avalanche hit the Siachen Glacier early Sunday, burying the six while they were on guard duty.
Brar says their bodies have been recovered but a search for a seventh soldier was called off due to bad weather.
Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir, which is divided between India and neighboring Pakistan. The two also dispute the undemarcated border through the Siachen Glacier.
In April, an avalanche in the Pakistan-controlled part of the glacier killed 140 people, including 129 soldiers.