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SRINAGAR, India – Indian authorities have imposed an indefinite curfew in most parts of Kashmir a day after government forces killed the top rebel commander in the disputed Himalayan region.
Thousands of armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across most towns and villages, including the region's main city of Srinagar Saturday.
Police say Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Indian Kashmir's largest rebel group Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in fighting Friday after Indian troops, acting on a tip, cordoned a forested village in the southern Kashmir's Kokernag area.
Two other rebels also died.
In his early 20's, Wani had become the iconic face of militancy in Kashmir over the last five years.
Officials describe his killing as a major success against rebels fighting Indian rule.