Avalanche kills at least 19 on Afghanistan-Pakistan border

At least 19 people have been killed by an avalanche on Monday while crossing a remote mountain pass from Afghanistan to Pakistan, a Taliban official says.

Scores of Afghans cross illegally into Pakistan every day through the porous mountain border in search of jobs or to buy essential goods for trade.

Najibullah Hassan Abdal, head of information for eastern Kunar province, says rescue workers are still searching at the scene of the avalanche.

“Nineteen bodies have been recovered already,” he says.

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