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Jammu Kashmir completely shuts down after killings

04 April 2018

Two Indian soldiers and two civilians were also killed, and more than 30 people were injured when hundreds of protesters pelted stones at the security forces to disrupt their anti-militant operations, police said.

Authorities also imposed a curfew in some towns in southern Kashmir and in the old parts of the disputed region's main city of Srinagar, the urban center of protests and clashes against Indian rule.

The foreign ministry said that Indian state-terrorism had been perpetrated against the Kashmiris for decades in an attempt to subjugate and repress them.

Vaid said the army received information on Saturday night about militants hiding in an area near Dragad village in Shopian district, about 50 km (30 miles) south of Kashmir's capital of Srinagar.

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The authorities today made a decision to keep schools and other educational institutions closed tomorrow even as the separatists extended the strike by one day over the killings of 13 militants and four civilians in three separate encounters in the Kashmir valley. "They were killed in a gun battle", Vaid said, adding that the owner of the house in which the militants were trapped was also killed.

An army officer, who declined to be named in keeping with army regulations, rejected the accusation and said the civilian was killed in the crossfire with insurgents.

During the past year of the "Operation All Out" launched by the security forces to flush out terrorists from the valley, most of the militants killed belonged to Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama and kulgam of South Kashmir but the yesterday's high death toll of boys from Shopian has alarmed the authorities. "The fight is still on", the IGP said.

The occupation authorities have suspended train services between Baramulla and Bannihal besides ordering closure of schools and colleges in the Kashmir Valley to stop students from registering their protest against the bloodbath carried out by Indian troops.

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Former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who had shared the Times of India article deleted the tweet soon after people told him that the story was fake. Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the freedom movement. Of the two, while one was killed in the encounter, the other was captured alive. The police said that surging crowds resorted to heavy stone-pelting on security forces "compelling them to use force".

Earlier, the report said that most of the tourists reached Srinagar airport early Tuesday in a bid to escape being stoned by the protestors.

Worldwide rights groups have repeatedly condemned the Indian crackdown and called on it to stop using shotgun pellets against protesters armed only with stones.

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Jammu Kashmir completely shuts down after killings