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Two Kashmiris killed, 25 wounded in latest clashes in held Kashmir

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SRINAGAR, INDIAN-HELD KASHMIR: At least two people were brutally killed and another 25 were wounded on Saturday when Indian forces clashed with rock-throwing demonstrators demanding India to leave Kashmir and fired tear gas shells to quell them.

A police officer said a young Kashmiri was killed when police and Indian paramilitary soldiers tried to stop demonstrators from marching to a village in Shopian district of the scenic valley today.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old Kashmir protester died in another incident from pellet wounds in Anantnag district following fierce clashes between police and protesters.

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A prolonged curfew, partial-to-complete communication blackout and a tightening crackdown have completely failed to stop some of the largest and peaceful demonstrations in the held Kashmir against Indian rule in recent years, triggered by the death of a separatist commander, Burhan Wani, on July 8 this year.

Since then, tens of thousands of people have defied security restrictions, staged protests and clashed with Indian forces on a daily basis to seek an end to unjustified Indian rule in the valley for years.

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At least 95 Kashmiri people have been killed and thousands of others wounded, mostly by Indian forces firing bullets and shotguns at rock-throwing protesters.

The valley of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both. Most Kashmiris want an end to Indian rule and favour independence or a merger with Pakistan.

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