2 killed as troops open fire on Kashmir protesters

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 15, 2010 03:51

Two more people in Indian-controlled Kashmir were shot dead by security forces as deaths continued to mount during weeks of defiant protests against India's rule over the predominantly Muslim region.

Unrest that has killed at least 57 people since June shows no signs of abating despite the deployment of thousands of troops and calls from India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for calm. Tens of thousands of Kashmiris staged angry demonstrations Friday after government forces killed four people and wounded 31 others.

The situation in recent weeks has been reminiscent of the late 1980s, when protests against New Delhi's rule sparked the armed conflict that has so far killed more than 68,000 people, mostly civilians.

Paramilitary soldiers opened fire with live ammunition Saturday on hundreds of rock-throwing demonstrators in Anantnag, a town south of Indian-administered Kashmir's main city Srinagar.

A 35-year-old man was killed and at least four people were wounded, said a police officer on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.


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