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Swedish skier dies in Gulmarg avalanche

DH News Service, Srinagar, Jan 18 2018, 18:28 IST
Authorities on Wednesday had issued an avalanche warning in several areas of Kashmir, including Gulmarg.

Authorities on Wednesday had issued an avalanche warning in several areas of Kashmir, including Gulmarg.

A Swedish skier was killed while another was rescued after an avalanche struck the ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Thursday.

A police officer said that Daniel (25) was killed and another Swedish skier named Benjamin Asbers went missing after the avalanche struck near the second phase of Gandola cable car project on Affarwat peak.

He said a search for the missing skier is on and teams of army, police and local rescuers were on the job.

Authorities on Wednesday had issued an avalanche warning in several areas of Kashmir, including Gulmarg.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned how the two skiers were allowed to ski despite an avalanche warning issued a day before.

"Very unfortunate. How were these skiers allowed to ski despite considering that avalanche warnings had been issued 24 hours ago (sic)?" he tweeted.

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