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Kashmir seethes as 20 killed amid anti-India protests

  • A Kashmiri man who was injured during clashes shouts freedom slogans as he is helped out of an ambulance for treatment outside a hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued despite a curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    A Kashmiri man who was injured during clashes shouts freedom slogans as he is helped out of an ambulance for treatment outside a hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued despite a curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Kashmiri Muslim family runs for cover as protesters clash with Indian security forces in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued despite a curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    A Kashmiri Muslim family runs for cover as protesters clash with Indian security forces in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued despite a curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Kashmiri Muslim villager shouts for help as they arrive with those injured in clashes for treatment at a hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued despite a curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    A Kashmiri Muslim villager shouts for help as they arrive with those injured in clashes for treatment at a hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued despite a curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

Indian authorities are struggling to contain protests by tens of thousands of Kashmiris angry after 20 people were killed in weekend demonstrations called after troops killed a top anti-India rebel leader.

Paramilitary troops and police in riot gear are patrolling villages and towns in the Himalayan region amid a stringent curfew that has been in force for three days.

The mostly Muslim region erupted in protest after Indian troops killed Burhan Wani, the leader of Kashmir's largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, which has been fighting since the 1990s against Indian rule in the disputed region.

Police said Monday that at least 19 civilians and one policeman were killed in weekend clashes between rock-throwing demonstrators and law enforcement officers. Most of those killed were young men under the age of 26.