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Indian Kashmir Under Curfew After Deaths


Security forces in violence-hit Indian Kashmir shot and killed two protesters Saturday, a day after four others were killed in demonstrations against Indian rule.

Police say a young man was killed and several others injured when security forces opened fire on a group of protesters trying to attack a police camp in Naidkhai village, just north of the main city of Srinigar. Another person was killed when police opened fire on rock-throwing protesters in Baramulla.

The latest violence brought to six the number of people killed in pro-independence protests in the last two days, with more than 75 injured.

Thousands of people across the Kashmir valley staged demonstrations Saturday despite a curfew put in place after Friday's violence.

In northwest Sopore, angry villagers torched a railroad station. While in the town of Kreeri, three protesters were injured after security forces repelled a group setting fire to a counterinsurgency police camp.

Indian security forces have been accused of killing a total of 23 Kashmiri civilians over the past two months in almost daily protests that first erupted after the shooting death of a 17-year-old in June.

Authorities have tried with little success to quell the violence by imposing an on-and-off curfew across the Kashmir valley.

Muslim separatists in Kashmir have been fighting for independence from India or a merger with Muslim-majority Pakistan for more than 20 years. Tens of thousands of people have died in the conflict.

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

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