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Avalanche traps scores of soldiers

An avalanche has hit a Pakistani army camp in a remote Himalayan area on the border to India, burying more than 100 soldiers. Rescuers have arrived in the inhospitable region to look for survivors.

The Pakistani military says an avalanche has buried more than 100 soldiers in a camp near the Indian border.

A security official said the incident occurred when snow hit a battalion headquarters on the remote Siachen Glacier at 5.45 a.m. local time.

He said rescue efforts were under way.

Siachen is in the far north of the divided Kashmir region, which is claimed by both Pakistan and India. Both countries maintain a military presence in the region.

The area has seen occasional clashes between both sides since 1984, and it is known as the highest battlefield in the world.

However, more soldiers have died there from the harsh weather conditions than in combat.

tj/acb (AP, Reuters, AFP)