Kashmir protests: Eight killed, 200 injured as Indian troops open fire


SRINAGAR, India – Eight people have been killed and at least 200 others injured in fresh clashes between protesters and police in the Indian-administered Kashmir.

A top police official in Kashmir said Saturday that seven protesters were killed by government forces and one drowned in a river.

Other sources said at least 200 people, including 90 government forces, were injured during the clashes. A staff member at a hospital in the southern town of Anantnag said six of those wounded were in critical condition.

The clashes came after residents of Kashmir held a funeral for Burhan Wani, the young leader of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), who was killed on Friday along with two other people during a brief gun battle with government forces.

Wani’s body was handed over to his family earlier on Saturday and locals, who see the slain 22-year old as a hero, turned the mass funeral to a major protest.