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‘Wave of violence’: Indian military kills 5 Kashmiris

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REUTERS: Indian soldiers killed five Kashmiri citizens Tuesday after violence broke out in the territory forcibly occupied by India.

At least five Indian soldiers and two militants were killed on Monday in a series of gun battles in Kashmir, next to the Jammu region which together comprise a federally administered territory

The Himalayan region is claimed in full but ruled only in part by nuclear-armed neighbours India and Muslim-majority Pakistan.

In two separate gun battles in southern Kashmir on Tuesday, troops killed five Kashmiris, including one connected to a killing of a Hindu in the region’s main city of Srinagar, police said.

The violence has driven hundreds of Kashmiri Hindus out of the valley, including some of 4,000 who returned under a federal-government scheme after an exodus in the 1990s.

Sanjay Tickoo, a Hindu community leader based in Srinagar, said that more than 1,700 people had left.

“We won’t go back … unless the situation normalises,” a Kashmiri Hindu employed by the government said at a protest in Jammu, declining to be identified.

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