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Indian Kashmir continue to be under Lockdown

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Updated: 11:30 GMT, Sep 21, 2016 | Published: 07:59 GMT, Sep 21, 2016 |
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A security blanket continued to envelop Srinagar city in India’s Kashmir on Wednesday (September 21), a day after Indian troops killed at least eight suspected militants along the disputed frontier with Pakistan.

Indian troops fought two groups of suspected militants trying to cross the Line of Control (LOC), the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir on Tuesday (September 20).

One Indian soldier was also killed in the gunfight.

The flare-up in violence comes after India blamed Pakistan for Sunday (September 18) attack on the brigade headquarters in Uri sector near the border that killed 18 soldiers, heightening already tense relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Pakistan denies any role in the raid, one of the deadliest in the divided Himalayan region over which India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars.

The attacks come as authorities struggle 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 patrolled the deserted streets in Srinagar as civilians avoided stepping out of their homes for 75th day.

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.