Protests erupt in Srinagar after Indian troops kill suspected separatists

July 12, 2017

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Despite curfew, people pelt stones at police forces. - File
Despite curfew, people pelt stones at police forces. - File

Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city of Srinagar in India-held Kashmir after three Kashmiri suspected separatists were killed in a gun battle with government forces, police said on Wednesday.

According to police, the fighting began overnight after Indian troops raided western Radbugh village following a tip that "militants" were hiding there.

The gunfight lasted the whole night and three suspected separatists were killed early Wednesday.

Authorities imposed curfew in the old parts of Srinagar anticipating protests and clashes opposing Indian rule as two of the deceased were natives of the city.

However, as the news of their killing spread, residents defied the restrictions and pelted stones at police forces.