Indian Kashmir remains under lockdown

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:58 GMT, Sep 20, 2016 |

Security remained tight in India’s Kashmir on Tuesday (September 20) as police and security personnel stepped up patrolling after a deadly attack on an army base in Uri sector killed 18 soldiers over the weekend.

The pre-dawn assault on Sunday (September 18), in which four gunmen burst into a brigade headquarters, was among the deadliest in the disputed Himalayan region and has sharply raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The attack came as authorities struggled to contain the worst unrest in Indian-administered Kashmir for six years, following the death of Burhan Wani, a field commander of Islamist separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen that is headquartered in Pakistan.

Armed security personnel dressed in riot gear were the only people seen on Srinagar roads on Tuesday, as civilians avoided stepping out of their homes.

Markets across the city have been closed for a third consecutive month in response to the shutdown call given by separatists. The separatists have extended their protest programme to September 22.

Almost 80 people, including security personnel, have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded in the near-regular violence so far.