Three killed, one injured after snow avalanche hits army post in Machil

Three Indian Army soldiers were killed in an avalanche that occurred near the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Friday.

A senior army officer said that an army post of 21 Rajput Rifles came under an avalanche today at around 4.30 pm at Sona Pandi Gali in Machil along the LoC.

The bodies of the soldiers have been recovered, the official said.

The avalanche struck two days after a 24-hour avalanche warning was issued in several districts of Jammu and Kashmir, including Kupwara, on Wednesday, shortly after a 6.2 magnitude quake on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region jolted parts of north India.

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In 2016, at least 14 Indian soldiers were killed in two avalanches in the region. The deceased soldiers have been identified as Havaldar Kamlesh Singh, Naik Balveer and Sepoy Ragendra.

Earlier in the month, as many as 11 people were killed after the Tangdhar avalanche hit the Kupwara-Tangdhar road in the state.

Reports said that four army men went missing after the avalanche hits army post and all the four army men trapped under snow have been evacuated.

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