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Avalanche Kills 25 in Northwestern Region

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / PAKISTAN

December 30, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

At least 25 people were killed after they were buried in an avalanche while digging for gemstones in a remote area of northwestern Pakistan, a regional police chief said.

Ataullah Wazir said the incident happened 210 miles northeast of Peshawar in the area of Kohistan, where snow has fallen in recent weeks.

The area is rich with precious stones, which villagers sell.

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