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Schools shut in conflict-torn Kashmir after deadly shelling

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, Kashmiri Muslim student Hilal Ahmed Hajam, left, and Nasir Ahmed Mir inspect the damage of a partially burned government high school in Goripora, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India controlled Kashmir. Many schools in the disputed Himalayan region are already shut since July amid months of anti-India protests and street clashes that have left at least 90 dead. Nearly 26 school buildings have been torched by people police describe as "miscreants," without naming any arson suspects. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, Kashmiri Muslim student Hilal Ahmed Hajam, left, and Nasir Ahmed Mir inspect the damage of a partially burned government high school in Goripora, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India controlled Kashmir. Many schools in the disputed Himalayan region are already shut since July amid months of anti-India protests and street clashes that have left at least 90 dead. Nearly 26 school buildings have been torched by people police describe as "miscreants," without naming any arson suspects. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2016 file photo, Indian school children return home on a cart after the government ordered schools to be closed for precautionary measure after firing was reported in the India-Pakistan border areas, at Abdullian village, in Ranbir Singh Pura, about 35 kilometers from Jammu, India. Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have ordered hundreds of schools to close after days of deadly shelling in areas near the militarized frontier with Pakistan. The villagers are familiar with the drill, though evacuations and shutting of schools have been rare since tension along the border declined dramatically following a 2003 India-Pakistan cease-fire accord. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2016 file photo, Indian school children return home on a cart after the government ordered schools to be closed for precautionary measure after firing was reported in the India-Pakistan border areas, at Abdullian village, in Ranbir Singh Pura, about 35 kilometers from Jammu, India. Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have ordered hundreds of schools to close after days of deadly shelling in areas near the militarized frontier with Pakistan. The villagers are familiar with the drill, though evacuations and shutting of schools have been rare since tension along the border declined dramatically following a 2003 India-Pakistan cease-fire accord. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have ordered hundreds of schools to close after days of deadly shelling in areas near the militarized frontier with Pakistan.

Many schools in the disputed Himalayan region have already been shut since anti-India protests that left at least 90 dead flared in July. Police said 26 school buildings have been torched by people they described as "miscreants," without naming any arson suspects.

Police officer S.P. Vaid said a criminal investigation into the burning of the schools is ongoing.

The state's top administrator, Chief Secretary B.R. Sharma, said Thursday that nearly 300 schools were closed this week after cross-border firing escalated between Indian and Pakistani troops, with 14 civilians killed Monday and Tuesday.