Curfew re-imposed in Kashmir valley after teenager killed in fresh violence

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Srinagar: Curfew was re-imposed in Kashmir valley after a teenager was killed and about 100 other persons were injured in firing by security forces as fresh violence erupted today.

A teenager was killed and over 100 persons were injured in firing by security forces as fresh violence erupted across the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday, prompting the authorities to re-impose a curfew that was lifted two days ago for the first time in nearly two months after improvement in the security situation.

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Police and witnesses said Danish Manzoor, 18, was killed after he sustained bullet injuries in a clash between stone-pelting protestors and the security forces in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, some 60 km from here.

Kashmir’s Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan said in a statement that a mob “of more than 900 people attacked an army convoy” with stones at Baramulla’s Ladoora village. The army opened fire as the protestors refused to disperse after tear smoke shells and pellets were fired at them.

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Six others were also injured in the clash. Three of them were said to be critical and removed to a hospital in Srinagar. Khan said the police has initiated a probe into the incident.

Anti-government and pro-freedom protests also took place in various areas across the valley, including the Srinagar city.

A police spokesperson said security forces stopped demonstrators from marching on the main streets by firing tear smoke shells and shotgun pellets at the stone-throwing protestors. Nearly 100 protestors, including 60 in south Kashmir, were said to have been injured in the clashes.

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