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Dec 16, 2012 at 06:19pm IST

J&K: Six soldiers killed, one missing in avalanche in Siachen

Srinagar: Six Indian Army soldiers were killed and one is missing in an avalanche that struck the Siachen Glacier early on Sunday.

The tragedy occurred in Sub-sector Hanief of the Glacier when troops were moving between posts at 19,000 feet. A rescue operation is underway to trace the missing soldier.

A medium danger avalanche warning was on Sunday issued for area close to Line of Control in Kashmir. The avalanche warning was also issued for north Kashmir Ski resort of Gulmarg, Jawahar Tunnel in south Kashmir and Banihal town.

Kashmir valley witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall, mostly in hilly areas, during the past week, leading to closure of several roads including Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

The Siachen glacier is known as the world's highest and coldest battlefield. More Indian and Pakistani soldiers have been killed by adverse weather than hostilities in the sector.

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