BSF officer killed, 6 missing after J&K avalanche

A BSF officer was killed while six other security personnel went missing after being hit by an avalanche near the LoC in Kupwara district on Tuesday.

Updated: Jan 24, 2012, 12:58 PM IST

Srinagar: A BSF officer was killed while six
other security personnel went missing after being hit by an
avalanche near the LoC in Kupwara district on Tuesday.

Sub-Inspector Narendra Kumar died while five Armymen and
a BSF constable were missing after the avalanche struck this
morning, a BSF spokesman said.

"A snow avalanche struck Furkian top in Kupwara at 7.20
am. Five Armymen and two BSF jawans were hit by the avalanche," Defence Spokesman Lt Colonel J S
Brar said.

He said the joint team of Army and BSF were clearing
snow between their camp and an outpost when the avalanche
occurred.

"Rescue teams from local camp and Gulmarg have been
rushed to the spot to trace the missing soldiers," he said.

Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) has
declared higher reaches of Kashmir Valley, especially areas
falling close to the Line of Control, as avalanche prone in
view of the heavy snowfall in the first fortnight of this
month.

PTI