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Kashmir unrest: Death toll mounts to 30, more violence feared

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SRINAGAR: The death toll in the Indian occupied Kashmir has gone up to 30 on Monday as deadly clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued for the third consecutive day despite a curfew in the disputed region to hold back anti-India fury following the killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani.

Reports of clashes between Indian security forces and rock-pelting protesters emerged from several parts of the Indian occupied Kashmir since the killing of Wani by the Indian troops during a gunfight on Friday.

Prominent Kashmiri leader Asiya Andrabi reiterated on Monday that the fight for freedom would continue till the Kashmiris were free and added that Congress President Sonia Gandhi has also condemned the bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris at the hands of Indian troops.


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Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has said that Indian troops cannot defeat Kashmiris and their decades-long struggle for freedom through violence.

Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Gilani, Yasin Malik including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and others have been under house arrest.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also expressed his concern and grief over the killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and other innocent Kashmiris on Sunday.

“Unarmed Kashmiris cannot be deterred from their rightful struggle for self-determination on gunpoint,” Sharif said in a statement.

Indian troops used live ammunition, pellet guns and tear gas in a bid to control the angry protesters after the clashes erupted.

Cell phone services in the southern parts of the Indian occupied Kashmir remained suspended and mobile internet services were blocked in the rest of the region for the third day.

Businesses, shops and government offices remained closed and local authorities have also postponed school and college examinations while suspending rail services.

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