4 Indian soldiers died in avalanches in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army says four soldiers have died in two separate avalanches in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia says three soldiers were killed late Tuesday in the Tangdhar sector and another in the Grez sector.

On Saturday, two soldiers were killed in an earlier avalanche in the Siachen sector.

Avalanches and landslides are common in mountainous Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both in its entirety.

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

In 2017, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in three avalanches, and in 2012, a massive avalanche in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 Pakistani soldiers.

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