Troops open fire in Indian Kashmir, killing 3

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September 19, 2010 02:35

SRINAGAR, India — Government forces opened fire on a funeral procession and a group of protesters in curfew-bound Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing three civilians and wounding at least 16 others, police and local residents said Saturday.

Thousands of people in Anantnag, a town south of the main city of Srinagar, defied the curfew to participate in the funeral of a 17-year-old boy whose body was recovered from a river early Saturday.

Anantnag residents said the boy drowned when he was chased by paramilitary soldiers trying to break up an anti-India rally earlier in the week.

Police and paramilitary soldiers opened fire on the procession after some mourners tried to set fire to the house of a pro-India politician, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. One civilian was killed, he said.


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