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Kashmir avalanche kills 15 people
Bodies in Kashmir avalanche of 2005
Avalanches are common at this time of the year
At least 15 people have been killed in two avalanches along the Line of Control (LoC) in Indian-administered Kashmir, the army says.

The military say that seven of the dead are soldiers and eight are civilians.

Army spokesman Col Manjinder Singh said that the soldiers were killed in the Uri sector when an army patrol was swept away by cascading snow.

Col Manjinder told the BBC that five soldiers and eight civilians who worked as porters were buried under the snow.

He said that another two soldiers were killed by an avalanche in Machhil sector.

The BBC's Altaf Hussain in the state's summer capital, Srinagar, says that rescue operations have been suspended until Thursday morning.

Our correspondent says that there have been numerous avalanches in the area around the LoC in recent days and many villages have been left inaccessible and without electricity.

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