More deadly un­rest in Kash­mir

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A PO­LICE para­mil­i­tary com­man­der was shot dead in Kash­mir’s main city while at least two sus­pected sep­a­ratist mil­i­tants were killed in gun bat­tles yes­ter­day as vi­o­lence flared in the dis­puted Hi­malayan re­gion on In­dian In­de­pen­dence Day.

The un­named com­man­der was critically in­jured in an am­bush and died in hos­pi­tal, a se­nior of­fi­cer of In­dia’s Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force (CRPF) con­firmed to AFP, adding that two other mem­bers of the force were in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Two of the at­tack­ers are be­lieved to have died in the gun­fight in the Nowhatta lo­cal­ity.

Au­thor­i­ties have im­posed a cur­few in large parts of Kash­mir, In­dia’s only Mus­lim ma­jor­ity state, since July 9 dur­ing an up­surge in vi­o­lence sparked by the killing of a top mil­i­tant.

CRPF spokesper­son Bhu­vesh Chaudhary said the slain com­man­der was one of nine paramil­i­taries who were am­bushed in two at­tacks in Nowhatta and there had been an­other shoot­ing a few kilo­me­tres away.

Kash­mir has been un­der a cur­few since protests broke out over the death last month of the pop­u­lar young rebel leader Burhan Wani in a gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces.

More than 50 civil­ians have been killed in clashes be­tween protesters and se­cu­rity forces, and thou­sands more in­jured in the re­gion’s worst vi­o­lence since 2010.

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