15:38 GMT31 July 2021
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    At least 11 people died, 200 wounded in result of clashes between protesters and police in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, disputed by India and Pakistan.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — The protests erupted after Burhan Wani, a commander in Kashmir's largest Islamist group Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed on Friday among other three extremists.

    According to local police, 96 security personnel were among the injured in clashes, while three officers were missing. Jammu and Kashmir's law enforcement urged protesters to stop the violence.

    "We certainly don't want to kill youngsters of our own society. The focus is to prevent the loss of young lives," police intelligence chief Shiv M. Sahai said as quoted by NDTV broadcaster.

    Hizbul Mujahideen is a separatist group founded in 1985 and operating in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is considered a terrorist organization by India, the United States and the European Union.

    The region of Kashmir has been disputed by India and Pakistan following the dissolution of British India and the establishment of the two countries as modern states in 1947. Some local residents, especially those residing in the Kashmir Valley, call for greater autonomy or even independence from India.


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