Troops open fire in Indian Kashmir, killing 3

September 18, 2010 20:46

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

The latest deaths took the death toll from three months of civil unrest against Indian rule to more than 100.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.

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.

Three of the wounded were in critical condition, he said.

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