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US offers to help in search for Pakistani avalanche victims

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Rescue workers have been using bulldozers to dig through huge banks of snow in Pakistan, after a massive avalanche yesterday that buried at least 135 people.

   Most of the missing are soldiers at a military complex that was hit by the avalanche near the Indian border. Military officials say no bodies have been recovered.

   The U.S. is offering to help with the search and rescue operation.

   Pakistan's army says about 240 troops and civilians have been working at the scene today with the aid of sniffer dogs and heavy machinery. They've been struggling to dig through some 80 feet of snow, boulders, mud and slush that buried a headquarters building early yesterday.

   Thousands of soldiers from India and Pakistan are stationed in the region, battling bitterly cold temperatures, altitude sickness, high winds and isolation for months at a time on a glacier that's known as the world's highest battlefield. They're posted at elevations ranging up to 22,000 feet.

   There have been skirmishes from time to time since 1984, but the area has been quiet since a cease-fire in 2003.

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