Violent clashes leaves 20 dead and 70 injured in Kashmir

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At least 20 people were killed and more than 70 injured in the Indian administered Kashmir amid violent clashes between the Indian military and armed separatist militants on Sunday.

The unrest left four civilians dead but 13 militants were killed. Three army personnel also died in what police describe as the largest anti-militant operation this year.

Deputy Police Superintendent Yasir Qadri said, “Indian security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Kashmir’s Shopian district early Sunday. Hiding militants opened fire at the troops, leading to gunfight which continued until late Sunday afternoon.

Separatist’s leaders asked for a shutdown on Monday.

A state of curfew is implemented in old parts of the disputed region’s main city of Srinagar. Shops and businesses closed in other areas where no security restrictions were in place. Authorities shut schools and colleges and canceled university exams in trying to stop the protest by students.

Train services were also stopped, internet services were also cut in some part of the valley. It is a common Govt practice to calm tensions and prevent anti-India demonstrations.

Such violence are not uncommon in Kashmir as it has been a hot spot for armed conflict. The neighboring countries of Pakistan and China all claim partial or complete ownership of the Himalayan region.

The division took place during India’s partition after the British rule ended in 1947. It has led to decades of conflict in the region. Tension remains the highest along 435-mile-long Line of Control (LoC), which separates India and Pakistan.

The separatist violence has killed over 47,000 people since 1989.

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