SRINAGAR, India – Officials say two young men were killed in Kashmir when government forces fired on anti-India protesters who thronged a village where soldiers were battling militants.
Police said Wednesday that the violence began overnight when Indian soldiers cordoned off the village of Khudwani on a tip that rebels were hiding there.
After fighting broke out between soldiers and militants, anti-India protests erupted in Khudwani and neighboring villages, with stone-throwing protesters marching toward the gunbattle. The protesters were marching in solidarity with the militants and to help them escape the security cordon.
Government forces fired rifles, shotguns and tear gas to stop protesters from reaching the gunbattle. Two men were killed and at least 20 civilians were injured. One soldier was killed in the battle. The violence continued Wednesday afternoon.