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SRINAGAR, India – Indian authorities have imposed a curfew in parts of Kashmir to stop fresh anti-India protests following the death of three people from Indian army gunfire and a general strike called by separatists in protest.
On Wednesday, shops and schools were closed and streets deserted as government forces carrying automatic rifles patrolled the curfew-bound areas of Srinagar, Handwara and neighborhoods.
Police say a 70-year-old woman, who washit by gunfire and was among a dozen injured during massive clashes between local residents and government forces on Tuesday, died in a hospital Wednesday. Two others also died from army gunfire.
The protest and clashes in northern town of Handwara erupted Tuesday following an allegation by local residents that an Indian army soldier tried to sexually assault a teenage schoolgirl in Handwara.