Clashes af­ter 3 mil­i­tants killed in In­dian Kash­mir

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Sri­na­gar, In­dia - Thou­sands of pro­test­ers clashed with gov­ern­ment forces in In­dia’s Jammu and Kash­mir on Satur­day af­ter three mil­i­tants were killed in a fire­fight with troops, po­lice said, with ten­sions al­ready high fol­low­ing the death of a mil­i­tant com­man­der this week.

Sol­diers and po­lice of­fi­cials from the special counter-in­sur­gency forces sur­rounded a neigh­bour­hood in So­pore town, 45km north­west of Sri­na­gar, the cap­i­tal of the north­ern In­dian state, af­ter ‘spe­cific in­for­ma­tion’ that mil­i­tants were hid­ing in a house there, trig­ger­ing a fire­fight.

‘Dur­ing the en­counter three mil­i­tants of LeT (Lashkar-eTaiba) were elim­i­nated’, a po­lice state­ment said, adding that three au­to­matic as­sault ri­fles were re­cov­ered from the site of the clash.

As news of the deaths spread, clashes be­tween lo­cal res­i­dents and gov­ern­ment forces broke out in many ar­eas.

Three pro­test­ers were in­jured in the north­ern Bandi­pore area, home to one of the slain mili- tants, when sol­diers fired bul­lets as hun­dreds of an­gry lo­cal res­i­dents came out on the streets to pelt their con­voy with stones, a po­lice of­fi­cer said.

In south­ern Kash­mir val­ley thou­sands of pro­test­ers clashed with gov­ern­ment forces who fired bul­lets in the air and used tear gas and stun grenades to dis­perse the crowd.

Satur­day’s clash comes a day af­ter a lo­cal armed mil­i­tant and a civil­ian were killed by sol­diers dur­ing a shootout in Bi­jbe­hara area in the south of the restive ter­ri­tory where such clashes have be­come fre­quent since the start of the year.

Ten­sions have spiked across the In­dian ter­ri­tory since gov­ern­ment forces killed a pop­u­lar mil­i­tant com­man­der of LeT group, Abu Du­jana, in a fierce gun­bat­tle on Tues­day.

(AFP)

Protestors clash with se­cu­rity forces af­ter the funeral pro­ces­sion of slain mil­i­tant Yawar Nis­sar at Shipora, in Anant­nag on Fri­day

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