Violence erupts in Kashmir after Hizbul commander's death

Srinagar, July 9: Violence broke out at several places in Kashmir on Saturday as mobs attacked police posts, security personnel and BJP office in Kulgam to protest the death of Hizbul Mujhaideen poster boy Burhan Wani in an encounter.

11 persons including three policemen have been injured during the clashes. Groups of youths pelted stones at police posts and police stations at Bandipora, Qazigund and Larnoo in Anantnag district, a police official said.

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Violence erupts in Kashmir

Violent protests were also held in Mir Bazaar and Damhaal Hanjipora in Kulgam district and Warpora in Sopore township of Baramulla district. The police picket guarding minority community in Vessu area of south Kashmir was also attacked, the official said.

He said a mob also attacked BJP office in Nilo-Bugam area of Kulgam district and damaged the building.

Stone pelting incidents were also reported from Sheeri, Kreeri, Delina, Pattan and Palhalan areas of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, the official said, adding Barsoo and Shariefabad in Awantipora area of south Kashmir also saw violent protests.

He said "so far 11 persons including three policemen have received injuries during the clashes which were going on when reports last came in."  Minor protests were also reported from several parts of the city, he added.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar city, and Amarnath yatra suspended as authorities had apprehended protests in the Valley, where tension prevailed following the killing of Wani yesterday.

Mobile internet across Kashmir has been suspended while mobile telephony services have also been restricted in south Kashmir. Top separatists leaders who had called for a strike were put under house arrest as a precautionary measure.


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