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Pakistan landslides kill three soldiers, bury rescuers

Published on Dec 1, 2012 6:14 AM

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AFP) - A landslide killed three Pakistani soldiers in mountainous Kashmir Friday, while 18 people sent to rescue them were missing after being buried by a second landslip, officials said.

A military rescue operation swung into action after heavy snows triggered the two landslides at a remote outpost in the Kel area of Pakistan-administered Kashmir near the de facto border with India.

The bodies of the three soldiers had been recovered but rescuers were still hunting for the eight soldiers and 10 civilians from the search party, local official Raja Saqib Majeed told AFP.

"We hope that rescue workers will find some of them alive. Lets hope for the best," he said, but added that efforts were being hampered by continued bad weather.

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