Kash­mir clashes as troops block mourn­ers

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Mas­sive anti-In­dia protests and clashes erupted in dis­puted Kash­mir yes­ter­day, wound­ing at least 16 peo­ple, after a gun bat­tle with mil­i­tants troops overnight killed two rebels, po­lice said. The clashes erupted after gov­ern­ment forces in the south­ern Shopian area tried to stop mourn­ers at­tend­ing the fu­neral of one of In­dia’s most wanted rebels in the Hi­malayan re­gion, po­lice said. Rebel com­man­der Zeenatul Is­lam was killed along with his as­so­ci­ate late on Satur­day in a fire­fight with troops. Gov­ern­ment forces fired bul­lets, shot­gun pel­lets and tear­gas to stop the mourn­ers.

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