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Protest threat extends Kashmir curfew

Reuters

Indian security forces widened a curfew in Kashmir on Friday after anti-India separatists called for renewed protests against the killing of locals. The towns of Kupwara and Handwara in the north, Kakpora and Pulwama in south and Gandherbal in the east were placed under curfew, and Sopore, Srinigar and Anantnag remain restricted.

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Indian police and paramilitary forces have been accused of killing 15 civilians in less than a month.

Since the killing of a 17-year old student in Srinagar on 11 June, each death has sparked violent protests.

 
Separatists urged residents to march to the region's Muslim shrine of Hazratbal in Srinagar on Friday. Two men and a woman were killed in the city on Tuesday.

"Whenever the curfew is relaxed in any of the areas, people are requested to come out on the streets and continue with a peaceful sit-in," a statement by separatists said.
 

The army was called in on Wednesday in Srinagar after residents defied curfew restrictions and held protests. Their presence brought calm to the streets.

Tight media restrictions meant there were no local newspapers for the second day in a row. Passes allowing journalists to travel in Srinigar have been cancelled.

India and Pakistan each hold Kashmir in part but claim it in full. They have fought two of their three wars over the region since the subcontinent's partition in 1947.

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