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11 militants including top commanders killed in Kashmir

11 militants including top commanders killed in Kashmir

The strategic Shopian in South Kashmir has emerged as the new recruiting hub for local terrorists as at least 11 of the 13 ultras killed in Sunday's encounters with security forces were fresh recruits from the area. The protests have persisted despite the Indian army chief warning that tough action would be taken against stone-throwers during counterinsurgency operations.

By the time authorities handed over the bodies of some of the suspected militants to their families, tens of thousands had gathered to attend their funerals while shouting slogans like "Go India, go back" and "We want freedom".

The gunbattles — the deadliest this year in Kashmir — began overnight after government forces raided three southern villages following a tip that rebels were hiding there, police said.

During the past year of the "Operation All Out" launched by the security forces to flush out terrorists from the valley, most of the militants killed belonged to Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama and kulgam of South Kashmir but the yesterday's high death toll of boys from Shopian has alarmed the authorities.

Police intervened at Polo View area on Residency Road as traders tried to move towards the headquarters of UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Sonwar area.

The separatists, under the banner of joint resistance leadership (JRL), extended the strike in Kashmir by another day. At Dragad village in Shopian seven bodies of terrorists were recovered, including that of top commander, Vaid said in a Tweet. Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989.

Despite restrictions, reports of protests were received from several areas of Srinagar and south Kashmir.

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Indian troops killed at least 17 youths on Sunday during search and kill operations in different parts of Occupied Kashmir, where more than 100 protesters were also injured in clashes with the police.

On Sunday too, two civilians were killed in the encounter while trying to shield terrorists.

Train services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns have also been.

In southern Kashmir, meanwhile, the curfew-like conditions remained largely undisturbed Monday.

Officials ordered all schools and colleges closed on Monday to stop anti-India protests by the students.

He said despite India's continuous brutalities on the innocent civilians of the valley, they could not silence the Kashmiris, adding that the their rightful struggle for independence could not be called terrorism.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, but both claim it in full.


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