Avalanche engulfs climbers in French Alps

Nine climbers killed in Mont Blanc range near Swiss border, with rescue teams searching for several missing people.

    The avalanche swept down a mountainside in the Mont Blanc range near the Swiss border [AFP]
    The avalanche swept down a mountainside in the Mont Blanc range near the Swiss border [AFP]

    An avalanche in the French Alps has killed nine people and searches were under way to find several missing people, the Paris government has said.

    The avalanche, which swept down a mountainside in the Mont Blanc range near the border with Switzerland on Thursday also injured 11 people, Manuel Valls, the interior minister  said in a statement.

    Valls said the death count was preliminary, and did not specify how many people remained unaccounted for.

    A group of 28 climbers from Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark and Serbia were believed to be in the deadly expedition on Europe's highest mountain.

    A police source had told the Reuters news agency earlier that two or three people were missing.

    BFM television reported that the deceased were of different nationalities, with at least one French citizen killed.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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