|Saturday, 8 March 2003|
Nine soldiers die in avalanches in Indian Kashmir
JAMMU, India, March 7 (Reuters) - At least nine Indian soldiers have died in avalanches on the military ceasefire line in Kashmir, a senior police official said on Friday.
The soldiers were buried in two separate avalanches on Thursday in the Kargil district in the north of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, the police official told Reuters in Jammu, winter capital of the state.
Indian and Pakistani troops are lined up along the Line of Control dividing Indian Kashmir from Pakistani Kashmir, often dug into heavy snow during the winter.
An army spokesman said dozens of soldiers had been rescued after being trapped under the snow.
He added that more than 30 soldiers had died in the last month in avalanches and snowstorms across the Himalayan region, which includes the world's highest battlefield, the Siachen Glacier.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir and came close to a fourth war last year.
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