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Siachen avalanche: Three bodies found

Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 23:17

Islamabad: Nearly 50 days after an avalanche hit a high-altitude Pakistan Army camp in the Siachen sector, search teams have found the bodies of two of the 139 people who were buried under dozens of feet of snow.

The first body, found early this morning, was identified as that of Mohammad Hussain, one of the 128 soldiers from the Northern Light Infantry who were buried by the avalanche on April 7.

The two other bodies found later in the day are yet to be identified, the military said.

Eleven civilian employees of the army were also buried under the snow.
The bodies were found after search teams uncovered a check post for the residential barracks of the soldiers, TV news channels reported.

The bodies were shifted to a nearby military hospital.

Over the past few weeks, search teams working at the site of the avalanche at Gyari had found equipment and personal effects of the soldiers.
The search teams were also working to tackle the effects of ponds that had formed at the site.

The military has used ground penetrating radars and dug tunnels as part of its efforts to locate the soldiers buried by the avalanche.

The avalanche has raised questions in Pakistan about the troop deployment in the hazardous terrain.

Indian and Pakistani troops have been engaged in a standoff on Siachen, described as the world`s highest and coldest battlefield, since 1984.

The guns have largely been silent since late 2003, when the two countries put in place a ceasefire along the frontiers in Jammu and Kashmir, and more troops have died on the glacier due to the adverse weather than combat.


First Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 09:01

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