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At least six climbers have been killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday, with all of the dead believed to be Nepalese sherpas working on the peak ahead of the start of the climbing season, officials said Monday. "Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP. The avalanche occurred at around 6:45 am (0100 GMT) at an altitude of about 5,800 metres (19,000 feet) in an area known as the "popcorn field" which lies on the route into the treacherous Khumbu icefall, Sherpa said. An executive at a US climbing company told CNN that the avalanche had struck while guides were preparing the route for mountaineers.
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