Protester killed in Kashmir protest

Government troops in Indian Kashmir opened fire today on hundreds of angry protesters demanding the release of several people arrested during a recent strike, killing one and wounding at least three others, a police official said.

The Muslim protesters in Baramullah town, 35 miles north of Srinagar, the main city in India’s Jammu-Kashmir state, threw stones and clashed with police and paramilitary soldiers, who responded first with bamboo truncheons and tear gas and then with live ammunition, said Abdul Gani Mir, the area’s deputy inspector general.

On Friday, a general strike was organised by the Jammu-Kashmir Co-ordination Committee, a coalition of Muslim separatists and local business leaders, during which local residents said at least 10 people were arrested by police.


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