Teenager killed as fresh protests erupt in Indian Kashmir

A teenager was killed in firing by security forces as fresh protests erupted in India-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said.

At least 71 people, mostly young men, died in clashes with security forces after Burhan Wani, a commander from the Hizbul Mujahideen group was killed in an encounter on July 8.

Authorities had lifted a curfew from most parts of the Kashmir valley on Monday, more than 50 days after the unrest began, but crowds gathered at several places to stage protests.

A police official said Danish Ahmed, 18, succumbed to gunshot wounds after a stone-pelting mob targeted security personnel in the northern district of Baramulla.

Protests were reported from other regions as well, police said.

This is the worst civilian unrest to hit the Muslim-majority region since 2010, when 120 people died in anti-India protests after police shot dead a teenager.

Over 50,000 people have been killed since a violent secessionist militant movement broke out in Indian-administered Kashmir in the 1980s.

India claims Pakistan supports and encourages the rebels and separatist leaders, but Islamabad denies the charge and calls them freedom fighters.

Last update: Wed, 31/08/2016 - 15:39
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