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Twelve Injured as Protesters Defy Curfew in Indian-Controlled Kashmir


At least 12 people have been injured in fresh protests across Indian Kashmir, as security forces attempted to enforce a curfew to quell weeks of demonstrations by anti-India separatists.

Riot police used tear gas to disperse stone-throwing protesters on Friday in the main city of Srinagar and several other towns across the Kashmir valley. Thousands of police and paramilitary troops are out in force.

The clampdown prevented a large rally planned by separatist leaders in Srinagar's Idgah prayer grounds. A small group of protesters attempting to break the curfew scuffled with riot police.

Authorities extended the curfew indefinitely this week after a series of protests by Muslim separatists against the killings of at least 11 demonstrators blamed on Indian security forces.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan. Muslim insurgents in Indian Kashmir have been fighting for independence from India or a merger with Muslim-majority Pakistan for more than 20 years.

The two nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two wars over the scenic Himalayan region.

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

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