Indian soldier buried by avalanche saved; 9 bodies recovered


SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Officials say an Indian soldier buried by an avalanche for six days in the Himalayan region of Kashmir has been rescued, but that the bodies of nine other soldiers were recovered.

The avalanche slammed into an Indian army post last Wednesday and trapped the 10 soldiers on the northern end of Siachen Glacier, the highest point along the heavily militarized line of control between India and Pakistan.

Indian military commander Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda said Tuesday that soldier Hanamanthappa Koppad was found alive and was rescued Monday night from under at least 7 meters (25 feet) of snow. He is receiving medical treatment at the army’s hospital in New Delhi.

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