At least seven servicemen have been killed by an avalanche in Kazakhstan's southern region of Zhambyl.
Ruslan Imankulov, spokesman for Kazakhstan's Emergency Situations Ministry, said the avalanche hit Koksai Gorge as military maneuvers were being held on February 17.
Rescue operations conducted by a special operations group established by Kazakhstan's South military group have ended.
Imankulov said 16 soldiers were found alive and rescued from under the snow.
Based on reporting by Interfax, Kazinform, and KazTAG