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6 Indian soldiers killed in Siachen avalanche

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 16, IRNA -- Six Indian 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 that hit around 07:00 hours IST (Indian Standard Time), pti reported quoting Army sources.

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.

The Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas is the world's coldest battlefield, with both Indian and Pakistani soldiers stationed there.

The Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas, just east of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan and sees permanent military presence in the region at a height of over 6,000 metres (20,000 ft).

According to reports, India and Paksitan, which have fought three wars since independence, were holding talks to demilitarize the region but so far no solution has been reached.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1034134

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