5 Soldiers Go Missing After Avanche Strikes Jammu And Kashmir's Gurez And Kupwara

| December 12 , 2017 , 15:08 IST

Indian Army personnel face immense difficulties in the troubled paradise of Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from militancy and ceasefire violations, winter snowfall in the mountainous regions creates a risk of avalanches.

Three soldiers of the Indian Army have gone missing after an avalanche struck the upper reaches of the Gurez sector of the Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday morning. Two other soldiers went missing in the Nowgam sector of Kupwara district.

Two soldiers went missing in Kupwara district's Nowgam sector on Monday evening and three others disappeared on Tuesday morning in Bandipora

“The soldiers are missing from Mani Post in Bagtoor area of Gurez. Search operations are on to locate and rescue them,” a senior official said.

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“Efforts are on to trace the missing soldiers but continuous snowfall was hampering the rescue and search efforts,” he added.

An Army porter has also been missing since Monday after he was trapped under an avalanche in Tulail area of Gurez sector.

Previously, in January this year, 14 soldiers died in two avalanches that hit an Army camp and a patrol party in the Gurez sector.

Gurez, which falls on the Line of Control, is connected to the rest of Kashmir by a road link that is located at an altitude of more than 3,350 meters (11,000 feet). For most of winter, Gurez, located 150km from Srinagar, becomes cut off from the rest of the state due to heavy snowfall. The Gurez pass is said to be a preferred infiltration route for militants.