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Indian border guards kill 8 civilians in Kashmir

Press TV

At least eight civilians have been killed and several others wounded in a raid carried out by Indian border guards against protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The incident took place at Dadam Village of Ramban District, south of Srinagar, on Thursday when the Indian troopers opened fire to disperse the protesters.

Reports say locals were protesting against an alleged desecration of the holy Qur’an by Border Security Forces.

Local authorities also have shut Jammu-Srinagar Highway amid growing concerns over the spread of unrest in the region.

Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim the region in full but each only has control over a section of the territory.

Over the past two decades, the conflict in Kashmir has left over 47,000 people dead by the official account, although other sources say the death toll could be as high as 90,000.

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