SRINAGAR (AFP) - Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed Monday in an avalanche that slammed into a group of 70 combat troops at a high-altitude warfare training camp in Kashmir, the army said Monday. Army spokesman Colonel Vineet Sood said the avalanche struck in the Khelenmarg mountains, close to the ski resort of Gulmarg, which has become a major draw for foreign, off-piste adventure skiers. We have 17 dead and 17 injured. No one is missing and rescue teams have returned to their bases, Sood told AFP. The soldiers were from the Indian armys High Altitude Warfare School, which houses around 450 troops. The main facility was not struck by the avalanche which swept away one of four sub-camps used for training operations. Heavy snowfall and high winds had hampered rescue operations and made communications difficult. Gulmarg lies 50 kilometres west of Srinagar. First set up as a skiing school for a frontline infantry division in 1948, the high altitude school is the armys main mountain warfare training institute.