Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:15:00 GMT | By PTI

Six jawans die, one missing in Siachen avalanche hit

India has deployed its troops in Siachen for close to 30 years now and has lost more soldiers to the weather and terrain than to enemy bullets


Six jawans dead, one missing in Siachen avalanche hit (© Reuters)

New Delhi: Six soldiers were killed and one is missing when an avalanche hit the Siachen glacier area today. Six men belonging to the 1st Assam Regiment, deployed in the Hanif sub-sector in Siachen glacier area, died in the avalanche hit around 7 am, army sources said here.

One soldier is still missing and efforts are being made to locate him, they said. "The incident happened during inter-post movement of the soldiers," they said.

This is for the first time in several years that an avalanche has hit an Indian position in the glacier area, the sources said.

The Assam unit is part of the 102 Siachen Brigade and is located at altitudes of around 15-16,000 feet, they said.

An avalanche had hit a Pakistani Army camp in the glacier area last year killing over 100 troops. India has deployed its troops in Siachen for close to 30 years now and has lost more people to the weather and terrain than to enemy bullets.

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