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Kashmiris Protest Army Shooting


Kashmiri villagers carry the body of Manzoor Magray during his funeral at Chogal village in Handwara town, Kupwara, February 5, 2011

Kashmiri villagers carry the body of Manzoor Magray during his funeral at Chogal village in Handwara town, Kupwara, February 5, 2011

Thousands of angry villagers blocked roads in Indian-administered Kashmir Saturday to protest the killing of a young man by the military.

The protesters say 21-year-old Manzoor Ahmet Magray died while in military custody Friday night in Chogal, 90 kilometers north of Srinagar, the region's main city.

However, an army spokesman denied the accusation, saying Magray was shot when he walked into an army ambush intended for insurgents and ignored orders to stop.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Muslim-majority Kashmir, a Himalayan region split between India and Pakistan.

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