Posted Fri, 07/30/2010 – 17:57
SRINAGAR, Kashmir — Two protesters were shot and killed Friday in Indian Kashmir when security forces opened fire on a large anti-India demonstration, witnesses said. Reported by AFP
The fatalities added to a string of deaths that have fuelled a rolling series of angry protests across the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley in the past two months.
On June 11, a 17-year-old boy died after being hit by a police tear gas shell. With the latest deaths, the number of people killed in clashes with the security forces stands at 18, many of them teenagers.
Witnesses said the two men were shot when security forces opened fire on a demonstration in Sopore town, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the Kashmiri summer capital Srinagar. Both died on the way to hospital.
“Both men had bullet wounds and were dead by the time they reached us,” a doctor in Srinagar’s main hospital told AFP.