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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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