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3 more killed in Srinagar avalanche

Two securitymen and a civilian were killed and 10 others injured as snowfall and rains triggered fresh avalanches and landslides in Kashmir valley today, raising the death toll to 20 in two days.

An avalanche buried an army post in a forward area in Tangdhar sector, 145 kms from here in Kupwara district, around 0345 hours trapping 14 jawans. Though all of them were taken out of snow, one died later, a defence spokesman said.

In a separate incident, due to heavy snowfall a tree fell on a barrack of 26th Battalion SF in Nowgam sector, also in Kupwara, leaving three personnel injured. They were shifted to district hospital, Baramulla where one of them identified as constable Aslam Din died, a police spokesman said.

The condition of two others — head constable Davinder Singh and constable Sajad Ali — was stated to be “serious”.

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