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"This avalanche hit a (military) headquarters. Over 100 soldiers and personnel are trapped," army spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas told Reuters, adding that a total of 117 soldiers were stationed there.
Snow from the avalanche was up to 80 feet deep, state television reported, suggesting their chances of survival were slim. State television, quoting the army spokesman, also said the avalanche covered an area 0.62 miles (1 kilometer) wide, Reuters reported.