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Two more civilians killed in Kashmir, death toll rises to 64

Kashmir

SRINAGAR, INDIAN-HELD KASHMIR: The death toll from violent clashes in the Indian-held Kashmir goes up to 64 as two more civilians succumbed to pellet gun wounds on Thursday.

A curfew continued in major parts of the territory for the 27th consecutive day where schools and businesses were shut and internet services and mobile services were also suspended in a bid to confined Kashmir from the rest of the world.

Hurriyat leaders have requested a complete shutdown until August 5 against the Indian aggression in the troubled territory.

Thousands of civilians have been injured in weeks of violence in Kashmir, sparked by the death of a popular commander, Burhan Wani, on July 8 in a firefight with Indian forces.

Nearly 100 protesters and police were injured in clashes last Friday as authorities sought to block a rally called by separatist groups opposed to Indian rule, officials said.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the two won independence from Britain in 1947 and claimed the territory in its entirety later.

Several groups have been fighting for decades an estimated 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the restive territory, demanding independence for the region or its merger with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands, most civilians, have died in the fighting since 1989 when the armed rebellion against Indian rule of the Himalayan territory began.

India regularly accuses Pakistan of arming and sending rebels across the de facto border known as Line of Control, to launch attacks on its forces.

However, Islamabad denies the allegation, saying it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for its right to self-determination.

 

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