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23 February 2024

Thousands protest against killing of teenager in Indian Kashmir

Kashmiris join the funeral procession of teenager Zahid Farooq yesterday on the outskirts of Srinagar. (GETTY IMAGES)


Thousands of demonstrators shouting "blood for blood" and "we want freedom" protested in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir yesterday against the killing of a second teenage boy in a week.

Witnesses said 17-year-old Zahid Farooq was killed on Friday when security forces opened fire after a group of boys refused to leave a high-security area.

Police in the Muslim-majority region, where a revolt against Indian rule began two decades ago, said they were investigating the death.

Chief Minister of Kashmir Omar Abdullah vowed strong action over the boy's death.


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