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General Strike Paralyzes Indian Kashmir Capital Srinagar

Indian soldiers take position during a militant attack in Srinagar
Life was paralyzed Wednesday at , in Indian Kashmir, where government offices, schools and many shops were closed in observance of a strike called by Muslim separatists.

The separatist groups called the general strike to protest a recent killing of three youths by Indian security forces who had mistaken them for militants.

Kashmir's chief minister, Mufti Mohammed Syed, has ordered a probe into the early Sunday killings, and has urged troops and police to avoid such incidents in the future.

The Indian military has apologized for the deaths of the boys.

The separatist insurgency in Indian Kashmir began in 1989 and has claimed tens of thousands of lives. The rebels are demanding Kashmir's independence or its merger with Pakistan.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.