Avalanche in French Alps Kills 5 Military, Two Others Injured

LYON, France (Reuters) -

An avalanche killed at least five French military personnel and seriously injured two other servicemen on Monday while they were skiing in the French Alps, local authorities said.

In a statement, police said that the avalanche happened early afternoon in Valfrejus, and caught 51 military personnel by surprise as they were skiing off-piste, the police said in a statement. Rescue operations were still ongoing.

An avalanche in the French alps on Jan. 13 killed two teenagers and a Ukrainian adult skier.