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3 civilians killed in anti-India protests in Kashmir

  • Kashmiris shout pro freedom slogans during a joint funeral of four civilains at Aripanthan village, west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug.16, 2016. Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir shot and killed four civilians and injured at least 15 others Tuesday as clashes intensified with anti-India protesters in the troubled region, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Kashmiris shout pro freedom slogans during a joint funeral of four civilains at Aripanthan village, west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug.16, 2016. Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir shot and killed four civilians and injured at least 15 others Tuesday as clashes intensified with anti-India protesters in the troubled region, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • An unidentified family member of a killed civilain cries during a joint funeral of four civilians at Aripanthan village, west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug.16, 2016. Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir shot and killed four civilians and injured at least 15 others Tuesday as clashes intensified with anti-India protesters in the troubled region, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    An unidentified family member of a killed civilain cries during a joint funeral of four civilians at Aripanthan village, west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug.16, 2016. Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir shot and killed four civilians and injured at least 15 others Tuesday as clashes intensified with anti-India protesters in the troubled region, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiris shout pro freedom slogans during a joint funeral of four civilains at Aripanthan village, west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug.16, 2016. Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir shot and killed four civilians and injured at least 15 others Tuesday as clashes intensified with anti-India protesters in the troubled region, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Kashmiris shout pro freedom slogans during a joint funeral of four civilains at Aripanthan village, west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug.16, 2016. Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir shot and killed four civilians and injured at least 15 others Tuesday as clashes intensified with anti-India protesters in the troubled region, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Police say three people have been killed in troubled Indian Kashmir as hundreds clashed with government troops during anti-India protests.

A police official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said that government troops fired live ammunition and used pellet guns to control the stone throwing and slogan chanting crowds Tuesday.

The Himalayan region has been extremely tense for almost six weeks since government troops shot and killed a popular rebel leader.

Tuesday's killings take the death toll in the recent weeks of protests to 63, including two policemen.

The region is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed in entirety by both. Anti-India feelings run strong in Muslim-majority Indian-Kashmir, where most people favor independence or a merger with Pakistan.