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Kashmiris Vote in First Municipal Elections in 27 Years Despite Threats

Thousands of voters in Indian Kashmir went to the polls Tuesday in the first municipal elections in 27 years.

The voters turned out in large numbers in some areas despite threats of attacks by rebel groups, and calls for a boycott of the vote by Muslim separatist politicians.

Although no attacks were reported, there was sporadic violence. In Srinagar, anti-election demonstrators burnt tires and pelted riot police with stones.

The poll to chose town councils in Indian Kashmir is being held in four stages. It started on January 29 and the last stage will be held on February 10.

Three candidates were killed by suspected Muslim separatists during the election campaign.

Some information by for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.