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Pakistan recovers 12 bodies buried under landslides

Published on Dec 1, 2012 5:57 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - At least 12 people have been killed, including eight Pakistani soldiers, and nine people are missing after being hit by landslides in the mountainous Kashmir region, officials said on Saturday.

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

"Three bodies of soldiers were recovered yesterday. The dead bodies of five soldiers including a captain and four civilians have been recovered today (Saturday)," said a statement by the military.

Local administration officials said they were searching for more dead bodies as nine people from the rescue party were still missing.

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