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6 Fatalities in Avalanche on Khan Tengri in Kyrgyzstan

August 5 2004 at 10:24 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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Five Czech climbers and a Russian trying to conquer one of Kyrgyzstan's highest peaks were killed in an avalanche today, their tour operator said. Another Czech climber was injured.
The group of 22 Czech climbers was moving from one camp to another on Khan Tengri mountain when the avalanche hit, a representative of the Ak-Sai Travel tour company said.
Two women were among those killed, the company representative said on condition of anonymity.
A Russian climber was also killed by the avalanche, but no more details were available, the company said.
Khan Tengri, which means Lord of Spirits, is 7,010 metres high and the third-highest peak in the country.
Mountains cover more than 90 per cent of impoverished Kyrgyzstan, which has loosened visa controls in an attempt to boost tourism.

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