Aijaz Hussain reports on fresh killings

From Google News & AP: “Soldiers fire, 2 more die

“Paramilitary soldiers fired on hundreds of demonstrators in Indian Kashmir on Friday, killing two men and wounding at least 12 others, police said as protests against Indian rule spread across the disputed region.

Troops fired on nearly 1,500 protesters chanting pro-independence slogans in Sopore, a town in the northwest of Indian Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, said a police officer on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with media.

The officer said the protesters had tried to damage a railway track and hurled rocks at the troops guarding the track.

However, local residents said they were holding a peaceful protest march after offering Friday prayers when the soldiers opened fire.

Three of those wounded were in critical condition, the police officer said, adding that other clashes erupted in several nearby villages after the shooting.

Protests and clashes were also reported from several other towns in the region.

Earlier Friday, violence erupted Srinagar after two men were wounded when paramilitary forces opened fire on a group of anti-India protesters.”


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