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Two Kashmiri youth killed during 14-hour military operation in IHK

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SRINAGAR : In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmiri youth and injured many during a 14-hour long military operation in Tral area of Pulwama district.

Indian troops during the violent military operation killed the youth in Hafoo Nazneenpora village.

An Indian army official claimed that the youth were killed in an encounter. He said that two bodies of the youth were recovered after the house in which the youth were present was blasted by the forces with mines.

People flouting curfew and other restrictions came out in large number and started protest against the killing of the youth. Many youth were injured in the clashes.

Earlier, a policeman was also killed while four forces’ personnel, including an army major, two soldiers and a CRPF trooper, were injured in the encounter.

Defying orders to stay indoors as the skirmish escalated, hundreds of villagers descended on the scene, throwing rocks at government forces in a bid to aid the besieged militants, a police officer said.

The clashes resumed Sunday as protesters chanting pro-freedom slogans descended near the scene of the military operation.

For decades, Kashmiris are demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan for the majority Muslim region.

Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947. Both claim the territory in its entirety.

The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

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