Fresh violence in Kashmir valley, five civilian protesters killed by security forces

Srinagar: Fresh violence erupted in the Kashmir valley today which resulted in killing of five civilian protesters in firing by the security forces.

With the killing of these civilian protesters the toll reached to 65 in the weeks of unrest triggered by the July 8 killing of a popular rebel commander.

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According to police officer, four protesters were killed in Budgam district and one in Anantnag area in the valley.

The officer told media persons that the huge mob of protesters, shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans, threw stones at the security forces in Budgam’s Aripanthan village, some 30 km from here, in central Kashmir.

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The security forces opened fire to bring the situation under control. One person was killed on the spot and three more succumbed to their injuries at a hospital. More than a dozen persons sustained injuries in the incident.

Another civilian was killed when security forces fired at an unruly mob who was throwing stones at police and paramilitary troopers in Larkipora village of Anantnag district, some 60 km south of here.

Dozens of other protesters were also injured in the violence, the latest in a series of clashes that have rocked the Kashmir Valley in more than five weeks.

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All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other businesses have remained closed since July 9; a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed.