Clashes erupt in Indian Kashmir after boy is killed in firing

A teenager was killed in firing by security forces in India-administered Kashmir, sparking widespread anger and prompting authorities to impose a curfew on Saturday.

Junaid Ahmed Bhat, 13, was critically wounded after troops fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at protesters in the state capital Srinagar on Friday.

He succumbed to the injuries early on Saturday, triggering further protests in which hundreds of people took to the streets to shout anti-India slogans, a local police officer said.

Clashes broke out as the boy's body was being taken to the burial ground, with protesters pelting stones and rocks at the troops. Several people were injured in the latest protests, which led to a curfew being imposed in some areas of Srinagar.

The Muslim-majority region has seen widespread protests and a security lockdown since the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani on July 8. More than 90 people have been injured and thousands injured in clashes between the forces and protesters.

Both India and Pakistan administer separate portions of Kashmir but claim the region in its entirety. Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours have deteriorated after militants attacked an Indian army base in the region killing 19 soldiers.

India claims Pakistan supports and encourages rebels and separatist leaders but Islamabad has consistently denied this charge.

Troops from both countries have exchanged gunfire on the borders in the recent days, violating a 2003 ceasefire. An Indian soldier was injured as Pakistani troops fired on Indian positions on Saturday morning, Indian officials said.

Last update: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 09:54

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