7 army men missing after being hit by avalanche

Srinagar: Seven security personnel went missing today after being hit by an avalanche near the LoC in Kupwara district.

“A snow avalanche struck Furkian top in Kupwara at 7.20 AM. Five armymen and two BSF jawans were hit by the avalanche and are yet to be traced,” Defence Spokesman Lt Colonel J S Brar said.

He said the joint team of Army and BSF were clearing snow between their camp and an outpost when the avalanche occurred.

“Rescue teams from local camp and Gulmarg have been rushed to the spot to trace the missing soldiers,” he said.

Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) has declared higher reaches of Kashmir Valley, especially areas falling close to the Line of Control, as avalanche prone in view of the heavy snowfall in the first fortnight of this month.