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Nine climbers killed in Nepal avalanche

Kathmandu – An avalanche swept away climbers and their camps on the world’s eighth highest mountain in northwestern Nepal on Sunday, killing at least nine people, with another four missing, police said.

Officials said the dead included climbers from Germany and Spain. Five injured climbers were rescued.

Police inspector Basant Mishra said the bodies of a German climber and a Nepali guide were recovered from the snow on the 8,163-metre Mount Manaslu, about 100 km north-west of Kathmandu.

“Rescue pilots have spotted seven other bodies on the mountain,” Mishra said. At least five injured people had been rescued by helicopters and flown to Kathmandu, he said.

Sources at the Spanish Foreign Ministry said one of the dead climbers was Spanish. There were no further details.

The accident took place at a height of 7,000 metres, making it difficult for land rescue teams to reach the scene.

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