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This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), shows army personnel taking surveying measurements as they search for avalanche victims. — AFP File Photo

MUZAFFARABAD: Landslides triggered by heavy snow killed three soldiers and left 18 other people missing on Friday in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the military said.

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.

“Three soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom). Eight soldiers and 10 civilians are also missing,” the military said in a statement, adding that the landslides were a mixture of mud and snow.

A first landslide hit early Friday, killing the three soldiers, said Raja Saqib Majeed, deputy commissioner of Neelam district, of which Kel is part.

Later in the morning the 10 civilians and eight soldiers made it to the site to search for, he told AFP.

“Another landslide hit this rescue party and they were buried under it,” he added.

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.

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