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Nine Climbers Dead, Three Missing on K2

At least nine climbers have been killed by falling ice on the world's second-highest mountain, Pakistan's K2.

Pakistani tour operators say the mountaineers died Friday when a huge piece of ice broke off the mountain and hit them in an area called the "Bottleneck."

At least three other climbers are missing, prompting a desperate rescue effort on the peak in remote northern Pakistan.

Those confirmed dead include three South Koreans, two Nepalese, as well as a Serbian, a Dutch citizen, a Norwegian, and a Pakistani.

The accident happened as the climbers were descending from the summit of the 8,600-meter-high peak.

The K2 peak is regarded as more dangerous to climb than the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.