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11 dead, more than 200 injured as violent protests rock Kashmir

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SRINAGAR — At least eleven people were killed and more than 200, including 96 security personnel, were injured on Saturday as mob violence and clashes rocked Kashmir over the killing  of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani Burhan Wani even as authorities imposed curfew and suspended mobile internet services to contain the volatile situation.

The protests erupted as thousands of people attended Wani’s funeral in the Valley.

Wani was buried on Saturday in his home village Tral in Pulwama district in the presence of some 20,000 people who defied a curfew.

Expecting trouble during Wani’s funeral, thousands of armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region and drove through neighbourhoods, warning residents to stay indoors.

Protesters hurled stones, looted police weapons and set fire to three police stations and two government buildings in towns south of Srinagar.

At least three policemen have gone missing, source said.

The Government imposed curfew in several parts of Kashmir and the Amarnath yatra has also been suspended. The State has also requested for 30 paramilitary companies from the Centre to control the situation.

Saturday’s deaths were reported from Anantnag, Kulgam, Bijbehara and Kokernag.

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Bakar-Eid being celebrated

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POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.

The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.

Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.

The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.

The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.

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