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Kashmir violence: Death toll rises to 17

Number of civilian protesters injured is said to be at least 100

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Publish Date: Jul 10 2016 10:28AM | Updated Date: Jul 11 2016 9:13AM

Kashmir violence: Death toll rises to 17

Curfew imposed in parts of J&K following protests over BurhanWani's killing. (Photo: ANI)

 

The death toll in violence in Kashmir Valley rose to 17. Four other persons also succumbed to the injuries they sustained in Saturday's clashes with armed forces.

 

Curfew was imposed in the valley on Sunday after 11 protesters were killed in violent clashes with security forces a day before, triggered by the killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, officials said.

 

Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Asgar Hussain Samoon said curfew has been imposed in the entire valley from midnight to enforce law and order. He also appealed to the people to help authorities in restoring peace and normality.

 

Additional Director General (CID) S.M. Sahai and Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Syed Javid Mujtaba Gilani said the violent mob on Saturday burnt four police stations, two minority police pickets, and an office of the tehsildar.

 

This apart there were two incidents of weapon snatching and torching of several vehicles of the security forces.

 

The top police officials said three policemen were missing and 96 security personnel were injured in Saturday's clashes.

 

At least 100 protesters were injured on Saturday. They suffered bullet, tear smoke and pellet injuries.

 

Violence erupted in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam and later spread to other districts in the valley after security forces killed Wani and two of his associates in Bamdoora (Kokarnag) village of Anantnag district on Friday.

 

Wani was buried in his native Shariefabad (Tral) village on Saturday where nearly 40,000 people gathered defying curfew restrictions to take part in his funeral prayers.

 

The separatists have called for a valley-wide shutdown till Monday to protest against Wani's killing.