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Avalanche kills four Pakistani soldiers: military

Published on Mar 12, 2014 8:12 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - At least four soldiers were killed when an avalanche struck a base camp in northern Pakistan, the military said on Wednesday.

The incident happened in the snow-covered Astore area which falls in the territory of Gilgit-Baltistan, also claimed by India as part of the disputed Kashmir region.

"At least 26 soldiers came under a huge snow slide Tuesday night near Astore. Despite extreme weather hazard, 22 soldiers were evacuated through heroic efforts while four soldiers embraced Shahadat (martyrdom)," the military said in a statement.

Snow slides in Astore and surrounding areas are common.

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