Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir, India (AA): Two suspected militants were killed and three Indian soldiers were injured during an overnight clash at a school in Srinagar city in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, according to Indian army.

In the wake of lynching of a senior police officer outside the Jamia Masjid here, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday issued an advisory Sunday asking all security personnel to avoid offering Eid prayers in public places and only do so at "protected places". The crowd dispersed after almost 20 minutes.

Since then stone-pelters have been targeting the security forces deployed in Kashmir with stones.

Clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies were reported from Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian towns and Safakadal area of the city. As per the report, security forces turned to shelling of tear gas and firing pellets after scores of protesters attempted to march towards the main chowk.

Innocent families returning from the mosques after the Eid prayers were caught.

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Meanwhile, moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted, calling the government "shameless and coward". ─ AFP Indian police chase the demonstrators during a protest after Eidul Fitr prayers in Srinagar.

Kashmir is expected to remain tense in the run-up to the July 8 anniversary of the killing of popular rebel commander Burhan Wani.

But in a special Ramadan video message released on Monday, India Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that he has "full faith that this festival of humanity will help to bring peace, tranquillity and friendship in the Valley". Both claim the Himalayan region in its entirety.

Ignoring a fresh appeal from separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani against such pastime, some of the youth were carrying the Islamic State flag besides that of Pakistan and green Islamic flag.

The conflict has increasingly drawn in civilians, many of whom oppose Indian rule.

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