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9 dead, 2 missing in Mont Blanc summer avalanche
Mont Blanc summer avalanche in France leaves 9 climbers dead, 11 injured, 2 others missing
By The Associated Press

CHAMONIX, France (AP) French officials say that two people remain unaccounted for in the Alpine avalanche that took at least nine lives and injured 12 other people.

Officials had earlier said that four climbers trying to scale Mont Blanc were unaccounted for after the Thursday morning avalanche.

A statement by the office of the prefecture in the Haute-Savoie region noted that the number of people reported involved in the incident could vary as more information comes out.

It says that at least 28 people left a mountain refuge to try to make the ascent, but some may have turned around.

Those killed are all Europeans. The statement says an American was among the injured, the only non-European.

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