Police fired tear gas when thousands defied a curfew in Indian Kashmir and took to the streets Monday in protest at the killing by soldiers of six people including four alleged civilians. Indian authorities had shut schools and suspended internet services as tension mounted over the shooting of apparent civilians at a military checkpoint in southern Kashmir. But thousands of demonstrators still clashed with police and troops across the territory, one police officer told AFP. Tear gas was fired to disperse crowds who defied an official order to stay indoors, he added. There were no initial reports of injuries.
The unrest was triggered by the shooting of four people in Shopian district on Sunday evening when soldiers exchanged gunfire with a suspected militant at a checkpoint.
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