SRINAGAR, INDIAN-OCCUPIED KASHMIR: Indian forces killed two suspected separatists and a civilian were killed occupied Kashmir, police said on Friday, sparking fresh protests after months of deadly violence.
The trio was killed when soldiers and police surrounded a house around 45 kilometers (30 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar on Thursday after claiming that they received a tip-off that some militants were there.
A police statement said a “stray bullet” had killed one civilian whose death sparked angry protests in the area.
Hundreds of villagers had marched towards the village where the shoot-out occurred, shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans and hurling stones at the government forces to try to help the militants escape.
At least 45 protesters were injured as police and paramilitaries fired tear gas shells and pellet guns to disperse them, a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to journalists.
Mass protests against Indian rule broke out in July after soldiers killed a popular separatist leader. More than 90 civilians were killed and thousands were injured in clashes with Indian forces.