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Hundreds of Kashmiri protesters clash with police


Hundreds of people attacked government forces with rocks in the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir yesterday as protests against the police over the killing of a teenager continued for a fourth day.

Police fired tear gas and used bamboo batons to subdue hundreds of protesters in downtown Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state, said Sajad Ahmed, a local police officer. No one was reported injured.

Also yesterday, suspected Islamic rebels exploded a grenade at a public rally held by a key pro-India Kashmiri leader, wounding three paramilitary soldiers and one policeman, authorities said.

The attack occurred soon after Omer Abdullah, the opposition National Conference president, left the venue after addressing nearly 1,000 supporters in Naghama, a village, said Sajjad Ahmed, a police officer. The attackers escaped afterward.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, nearly 80km north of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state.

On Friday, police opened fire on demonstrators protesting alleged human rights abuses by Indian security forces after leaving the Jamia mosque in Srinagar. Police wounded two people, said Reyaz Ahmed, a witness to the fight.

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