Army soldiers move towards the house, where two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were hiding during an encounter, at Braw Bandina in Awantipora area of Pulwama, Friday, June  14, 2019. Two LeT militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said.
Army soldiers move towards the house, where two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were hiding during an encounter, at Braw Bandina in Awantipora area of Pulwama, Friday, June 14, 2019. Two LeT militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said.
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Srinagar: Six soldiers and as many civilians were killed in four avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir since Monday night, police and defence sources said.

An avalanche hit an Army post in Machil sector along the Line of Control on Tuesday, trapping five soldiers. A rescue operation was launched but none of the soldiers could be saved, they said.

Another avalanche struck a village in Gagangir area of Ganderbal district on Monday night in which five civilians were killed while four others were rescued, police said.

Another civilian died in Gurez of Bandipora district. In the fourth incident, a 29-year-old BSF jawan was killed and six others were rescued after an avalanche hit their post along the LoC in Kashmir's Naugam sector at 8:30 pm on Monday.

Officials identified the deceased as constable Ganga Bara of the 77th battalion of the force. "There were a total of seven troops deployed in the affected area.

While six were safely rescued, constable Bara could not be revived even after much effort," a senior officer of the border guarding force said.

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