Srinagar, Jan 28 : Two brothers from Bandipora drowned while extracting sand from river Jhelum in Khawajabagh area of Baramulla district, officials said on Friday.

They said the brothers—Hilal Ahmad Malla and Naseer Ahmad Malla drowned this morning and soon a rescue operation was launched to trace them out.

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A police officer confirmed the incident to GNS and said that efforts are underway to trace them out.