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Pakistan army rescues six climbers stranded by massive avalanche

dpa
Islamabad
Six mountaineers who were hit by an avalanche while climbing at an altitude of around 5,300 meters in northern Pakistan were rescued by helicopter on Tuesday. “Four Italian and two female climbers from Pakistan have been rescued by the army,” said Karar Haideri, secretary of the Pakistan Alpine Club.
The climbers were taken to a military hospital in Gilgit for treatment, Haideri said.
The group which totalled seven — four Italians and three Pakistanis — was struck by an avalanche in the Ishkoman valley on Monday morning. A Pakistani guide died in the accident. His body has been located and was being taken to base camp, Haideri said.
Meanwhile, Haideri said that a second military operation to locate and evacuate Chinese climbers in a different part of Pakistan could not take place due to bad weather.
Two Chinese climbers, Li Haoxin Chen and Ka Kit Ng, went missing in the Liligo glacier and trango towers area while trying to scale a 6,400-meter peak.

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