PoK landslide kills 3 soldiers, 18 others missing
Landslides triggered by heavy snow killed three soldiers and buried 18 other people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), according to the military.
"Three soldiers embraced martyrdom. Eight soldiers and 10 civilians are also missing," The Dawn quoted the military, as saying in a statement.
The incident took place in the Kel area on the Line of Control with India, and the military said a rescue operation was under way.
Deputy Commissioner of Neelam district, Raja Saqib Majeed said that a first landslide hit early Friday, killing the three soldiers. Later in the morning, when a rescue team comprising 10 civilians and eight soldiers reached the site, another landslide occurred, burying all 18 persons, he said.
In April, 140 Pakistani soldiers were buried when a huge wall of snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains in disputed Kashmir. They have all been declared dead.