Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) in grip of fresh protests

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Anti-India clashes erupt in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Sunday, after Indian troops killed three suspected rebels on the outskirts of Srinagar, ending a nearly 18-hour-long gunbattle.

The fighting sparked protests as residents tried to march to the site of the battle, in solidarity with rebels.

Government forces fired warning shots, shotgun pellets and tear gas at the stone-throwing protesters.

No one was immediately reported injured.

Residents said government forces blasted at least five houses with explosives during the fighting – a common tactic employed by Indian troops in Kashmir.

Officials said Indian troops had laid siege around a neighbourhood on Saturday on a tip that militants were hiding there.

Two counter-insurgency police officials and a soldier were wounded in the gunbattle, officials said.

Kashmir is divided between rivals India and Pakistan and both claim the territory in its entirety.

Most Kashmiri’s support rebel demands that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country, while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.

Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.

Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

www.telegraph.co.uk

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