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Bodies of two Belgian climbers found on Mont Blanc

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Police rescue searchers located Saturday the bodies of two Belgian climbers who were killed by falling rocks and ice on France’s Mont Blanc Mountain.

An officer told Agence France Press (AFP) that only parts of their bodies were visible as piles of rock and ice concealed them.

The two climbers, reportedly in their 50s, went missing on Thursday as they were apparently trying to reach a shelter half-way up Europe’s tallest mountain.

The two-day search was launched after a rescue helicopter spotted one of their backpacks.

A spate of recent deaths on the snowy mountain has raised safety concerns for the number of climbers attempting dangerous routes.

At the end of July, two experienced Irish climbers, aged 55 and 37, fell to their deaths from the Dent du Geant (Giant’s tooth) section of the mountain range.

Their deaths came a week after two Finnish climbers, aged 25 and 40, were killed in the same sector.