Three Indian Army soldiers killed as Avalanche hit Army camp in occupied Kashmir

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SRINAGAR - Three soldiers were killed and another injured after an avalanche in the Machil sector in north Kashmir's Kupwara district today.

The avalanche hit an army post of 21 Rajput around 4:30 pm at Sona Pandi Gali in Machil, according to reports.

"In an unfortunate incident of avalanche in Machhil sector, the Army lost three valiant soldiers," an army official said, adding that the bodies have been recovered.

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 earthquake on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region jolted parts of north India.

Last month, 11 people - including a one-year-old baby - were killed after a vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an avalanche in Kupwara.

A Border Roads Organisation engineer, who was also hit by an avalanche in the same area, was recovered but could not be revived.

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