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Avalanche in Savoie, eastern France kills 5 soldiers

An avalanche in Savoie, eastern France claimed lives of five soldiers Monday afternoon.

About eleven soldiers were caught up in the avalanche. Six soldiers were saved by rescuers.

The soldiers were skiing in the Petit Argentier area at a height of 2,200m when they were caught up in the avalanche shortly before 13:00 GMT, BBC reported.

The soldiers were members of the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment based at Saint-Christol in southern France and had been training at France's national centre for mountain warfare at Modane.

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