Omar condoles death of soldiers

February 23rd, 2012 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Feb 23 (IANS) Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday condoled the death of 11 soldiers killed in two avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a tweet Thursday, he first said: “Heartfelt condolences to the families of those soldiers who lost their loved ones in the avalanches.”

In another tweet, he announced he is “sending my minister with a personal message of condolence to the Corps Commander”.

An avalanche killed eight army personnel in Bandipora district and another killed in Ganderbal.

This was a rare instance of the chief minister expressing regret over the death of soldiers after taking power three years ago.

The condolence message has come in the backdrop of a public debate between him and the army over the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which gives sweeping powers to the army.

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