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Avalanche in French Alps kills 6

2012-07-12 11:45

Lyon - At least six people were killed and eight injured on Thursday in an avalanche in the French Alps, mountain police said, with emergency services dispatched to the scene.

Local authorities said the avalanche was "the most deadly of recent years".

"There are reportedly people missing," police said, adding that the avalanche had hit two roped groups of climbers.

One of the injured sounded the alert at around 03:25 after the avalanche on Mont Maudit, a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif.

Mont Maudit is the massif's third-highest peak rising to an altitude of 4 465m.

Authorities in the nearby town of Chamonix were to hold a press conference later on Thursday.