An officer killed, 6 missing in Kashmir avalanche

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  • The officers were part of a joint patrol
  • "A massive joint rescue operation was immediately launched," offical says
An avalanche in Kashmir early Tuesday killed one Indian officer and left six others missing, authorities said.
The officers were part of a joint patrol between the Indian Army and paramilitary Border Security Force and many are searching for them.
"A massive joint rescue operation was immediately launched which has so far recovered the body of the BSF officer and is searching for others," said I.S.Rana, a spokesman for the border force.
The officers were trying to clear a route between two posts in the mountainous Keran area on the Line of Control in north Kashmir Kupwara district, when they were overtaken by the falling snow.
Kashmir has received heavy snowfall this month and authorities have been issuing snow avalanche warnings for higher reaches.
The snow has also led to the closure of the sole highway linking the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir's winter and summer capitals .
The road has now been cleared after having remained blocked for over a week.
Last week, the Indian Air Force rescued hundreds of stranded people including tourists and army personnel.