Five French Foreign Legionnaires killed in Alps avalanche: police

18th January 2016, Comments 0 comments

Five French Foreign Legionnaires were killed Monday in an avalanche as they were on a training exercise in the French Alps, police sources said.

Another six were injured near the resort of Valfrejus, with one in intensive care in hospital after suffering hypothermia.

They were among a group of 50 soldiers taking part in the skiing exercise.

Three helicopters were involved in the search.

The nationalities of the victims were not immediately known. The French Foreign Legion attracts recruits from around the world.

The accident comes after two teenagers on a school trip and a Ukrainian tourist were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps last Wednesday.

A French teacher who took the students onto a closed skiing piste in that incident has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.


© 2016 AFP

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