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The Siachen Glacier, north of Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Since 1984, India and Pakistan have been fighting for control of the Siachen Glacier and the surrounding tangle of mountains
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An Indian soldier has been rescued alive six days after he was thought to have perished along with nine of his comrades when they were caught in an avalanche in the remote Himalayas.

India had already said the 10 soldiers were unlikely to be found alive after the incident at the Siachen Glacier, close to the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The army announced Monday that Lance Naik Hanamanthappa had been found alive after being buried under nearly 8 m of snow at an altitude of 5,900 m — but was in a critical condition, Agence France-Presse reports.

“All other soldiers are regrettably no longer with us,” General D.S. Hooda, of the army’s northern command, said in a statement, adding that rescuers were going to attempt to move the surviving soldier to a hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday.

“We hope the miracle continues. Pray with us,” the general added.


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