Jammu & Kashmir violence: 5 killed; 30 injured; separatists' strike extended

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Srinagar, July 9: Protests against the killing of Hijbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on Friday (July 8) led to violence in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday (July 9) and the death toll went up to five by the evening.

Of the dead, three are in Anantnag district while two in Kulgam district. More than 30 were injured. [With Burhan's death, another worry emerges in Valley]


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The separatist leaders in the state extended the strike for two more days, the Indian Express reported. The protesters attacked police posts, security personnel and also the office of the BJP in Kulgam. Youths were seen pelting stones at the police posts and stations at various places in Anantnag district. Mobile services were also suspended in the wake of the violence.

A number of buses were left stranded on the Pahalgam-Srinagar highway, said the daily.

Meanwhile, sources in the government and the BJP praised the security forces over killing Wani, saying it proved India's zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism.

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