Avalanche kills 3 Indian army soldiers in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India — The Indian army said Friday that three soldiers were killed when an avalanche struck their Himalayan post in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

The army said the soldiers died in the Machhil sector near the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Mehbooba Mufti, the top elected official of the Indian portion of Kashmir, expressed deep sorrow over the deaths. One injured Indian soldier has been hospitalized, according to the New Delhi Television news channel.

Avalanches and landslides are common in Himalayan Kashmir. Last month, 11 people were killed after their vehicle was hit by an avalanche in Kupwara district of the Indian portion of Kashmir.

Avalanches have caused some of the heaviest tolls for the Indian and Pakistani armies camping in the region.

In 2016, at least 14 Indian soldiers were killed in two avalanches in the region. In 2012, a massive avalanche in the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 soldiers.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over control of Kashmir since they won independence from British colonialists in 1947.

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