Strike shuts Kashmir after Indian soldiers kill 2 civilians

2018-01-29 09:03
Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol during a general strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. (Mukhtar Khan, AP)

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol during a general strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. (Mukhtar Khan, AP)

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Srinagar - Shops and businesses are shut in Indian-controlled Kashmir after separatists fighting against Indian rule called for a strike a day after soldiers shot and killed two young men in the disputed region.

Armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear have fanned out across the region on Sunday and are patrolling streets in anticipation of anti-India protests.

Authorities have also issued a curfew in the old parts of Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, the urban centre of protests and clashes against Indian rule.

Two students were killed and nine other people were wounded on Saturday after soldiers in southern Shopian area opened fire at stone-throwing protesters.

India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the territory in its entirety.

Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989.

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