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Young man killed in new anti-India protests in Kashmir

  • Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Security lockdown and protests continued in the Kashmir valley with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region after the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Security lockdown and protests continued in the Kashmir valley with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region after the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiri Muslims shout pro freedom slogans as they protest against the killing of civilian Amir Mir, outside a hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Indian government forces fired shotguns and tear gas in India's portion of Kashmir on Wednesday to break up new protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region, killing a young man and wounding dozens of other people. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri Muslims shout pro freedom slogans as they protest against the killing of civilian Amir Mir, outside a hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Indian government forces fired shotguns and tear gas in India's portion of Kashmir on Wednesday to break up new protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region, killing a young man and wounding dozens of other people. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiri Muslim men carry the body of Amir Mir outside a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Mir died of pellet injuries as severe protests continued in the valley with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region after the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri Muslim men carry the body of Amir Mir outside a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Mir died of pellet injuries as severe protests continued in the valley with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region after the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir say government forces have fired shotguns and tear gas to break up fierce new protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region, killing a young man and wounding dozens of others.

Police said the clashes erupted Wednesday after troops tried to stop thousands of people who defied a curfew in southern Pulwama town.

They said the protesters hurled rocks at the troops, who fired shotguns and tear gas.

Also Wednesday, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in the restive region to discuss ways to defuse the surging protests against Indian rule, sparked by the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8.