Death toll in anti-India unrest in Kashmir rises to 49 with 3 more shootings

Aug 05, 2010

SRINAGAR, India (AP) – The death toll from civil unrest in Indian-controlled Kashmir has risen to 49 after three more people died from gunfire by paramilitary forces on demonstrators angry about decades of Indian rule over the Himalayan region.

Kashmir has been rocked by violent protests for nearly two months with demonstrators hurling rocks at paramilitary soldiers and setting government buildings and vehicles ablaze. In response, security forces have fired live rounds and tear gas into large crowds.

Clashes between demonstrators and security forces erupted in several areas Thursday after police and paramilitary soldiers fired warning shots and tear gas, said a police officer on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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