(NEW DELHI, India.) JUST IN: At least four soldiers and two civilian porters were killed after their eight-member patrol was hit by an avalanche in the northern part of the forbidding Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge region on Monday afternoon #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.18: The six soldiers from the Dogra Regiment and two porters were on their way from one post to another when the avalanche struck them at a height over 19,000-feet in the Northern Glacier, which has some of the most treacherous terrain, at about 3 pm @TOI reports.

Rajat Pandit | TNN | Updated: Nov 18, 2019, 17:30 IST

“Avalanche rescue teams from nearby posts were rushed to the site for the search and rescue operation. All eight were pulled out of the avalanche debris: Seven of them were critically injured and evacuated by helicopters to the nearest military hospital. But despite best efforts and life resuscitation measures, six succumbed to extreme hypothermia “ said an officer.

The accident is a grim reminder of the harsh conditions in which Indian soldiers guard the unresolved borders with Pakistan and China. In February 2016, for instance, 10 ill-fated soldiers from the 19 Madras Regiment