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Curfew in Kashmir after militant attack

March 14, 2013


An Indian paramilitary soldier keeps watch during a curfew, imposed on the Kashmiri summer capital following an ambush which killed five paramilitary personnel, Srinagar, March 14, 2013. — Photo by AFP

SRINAGAR: A curfew has been imposed in most of Indian-administered Kashmir after a militant attack left five paramilitary troops dead and a civilian was killed by government troops.    

Thousands of armed government troops patrolled the streets of the curfew-bound towns Thursday.

On Wednesday, two militants fired on a group of paramilitary soldiers in Srinagar, the region's main city, killing five troops. Soldiers shot dead both militants.

Later Wednesday, paramilitary soldiers fatally shot a civilian who they said was part of a group of protesters throwing stones at vehicles taking the injured to a hospital.

Locals said the man was not a protester.

No one has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack, though suspicion immediately fell on separatists. India's government said the militants appeared to be from Pakistan, a charge Pakistan denied.