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Hopes fade for 5 soldiers missing after heavy snowfall along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

Two soldiers slipped down a mountain slope in Kupwara while three others went missing from a forward post in Gurez.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2017 14:28 IST
PTI, Srinagar
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Five soldiers are missing after heavy snowfall along the LoC. (PTI File Photo)

Hopes of finding alive the five soldiers who were missing after heavy snowfall along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, are fast receding as blizzard-like conditions hamper search and rescue operations.

Two soldiers slipped down a mountain slope in Naugam sector of Kupwara district while three others went missing from a forward post in Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in Bandipora district during heavy snowfall on Tuesday.

An army porter is missing since Monday after he came under an avalanche at Tulail in Gurez sector.

“The search and rescue operations have been going on intermittently since yesterday both in Naugam and Gurez areas but so far we have not been able to locate the missing soldiers,” an army official said on Wednesday.

He said blizzard-like weather conditions caused by heavy snowfall were hampering rescue operations.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 14:28 IST