Avalanche in Valais kills four French people

Four French snow tourists were killed after an avalanche swept them away near Switzerland's southern border with Italy, police reported on Saturday

This content was published on March 26, 2011 - 20:26 and agencies

Another person is said to be missing.

One of a team of 11 was able to free himself to raise the alarm, the Swiss News Agency , said on Saturday. Five in the group suffered injuries.

The incident happened on Mont Velan, a towering 3,730-metre peak that straddles the Swiss-Italian border.

Switzerland's National Avalanche Centre had warned of a “considerable” risk of snowslides in the region on Saturday.

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