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Two climbers killed on Glencoe hike

Two climbers have been killed while hiking in the Scottish Highlands.

A rescue operation was launched in Glencoe following concern for the climbers, believed to be male.

Police Scotland said they were found dead at the scene.

A spokeswoman said: "Police Scotland were called about concern for two climbers on Stob Coire nam Beith at around 4.25pm on Saturday.

"Police, coastguard and Glencoe Mountain Rescue responded, and sadly we can confirm that the two climbers were found deceased."

Andy Nelson, leader of the mountain rescue team, told BBC Scotland: "The guys were roped together, so it is possible they were still on the climb but they have clearly fallen some distance.

"My information is that they have been killed instantly by the fall.

"They had all the relevant equipment and there is nothing to suggest that they were ill-equipped or inexperienced."

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