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Teenager killed in fresh Indian-held Kashmir clashes

Teenager killed in fresh Indian-held Kashmir clashes

SRINAGAR, INDIA: A teenager was shot dead in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Wednesday as thousands of protesters engaged in fresh clashes with security forces after weeks of deadly violence, police and witnesses said.

Paramilitary troops fired live rounds as residents demonstrated against an earlier raid by soldiers searching for protest leaders in the northern village of Nadihal, a police officer said on condition of anonymity.

“The boy died in the firing. Five other protesters also received bullet injuries,” said the officer, who is not authorised to speak to the media. Locals said he was aged 18.

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Protesters also clashed with troops who fired shotgun pellets and tear gas in other areas of the northern Himalayan region including in the main city of Srinagar, another senior police officer and witnesses said.

“We have reports about 50 protesters were injured in Anantnag, mostly with pellets,” the police officer said of the southern town.

Kashmir has been reeling from almost daily protests against Indian rule since the death of a popular rebel leader on July 8 in a gunbattle with soldiers.

Some 70 civilians have been killed and thousands injured in the worst violence to hit the Muslim-majority territory since 2010. Two police officers have also died during the seven weeks of unrest.

Residents also set fire on Wednesday to a lawmaker’s house in the southern area of Kulgam as they returned from a rally, a local police officer confirmed. No one was injured in the blaze.

Authorities lifted a curfew in most parts of the territory on Monday, but schools, shops and most banks remain shut and mobile internet services are still suspended.

Courtesy : Express Tribune



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