Kashmir violence : 2 more youths killed, hundreds injured, toll touches 34

With two more people succumbing to their injuries since last night, the death toll has risen to 34 in the strife-torn Kashmir valley, which is witnessing massive protests following the death of top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander and two other militants in an encounter with security forces on Friday evening.

Majority of the deaths took place in south Kashmir, a stronghold of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where it had won 11 out of 16 seats during 2014 general assembly elections, while one each person died in Srinagar and Kupwara.

Official sources said while an injured youth succumbed in the S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) this morning, another died last night, taking the toll to 34 since Saturday. The deceased included a Special Police Officer (SPO) and a girl. Several hundreds, including about 150 security and police personnel, were also injured in the clashes, of which about 100 youths were hit by pellets.

Anantnag witnessed the highest of 15 deaths followed by Kulgam- seven, Shopian-five and Pulwama-three. The identity of two more deceased was being ascertained.

However, the situation was by and large normal during the past 24 hours as compared to first three days after Burhan's killing when majority of the deaths in security force firing took place. There were fresh incidents of violence yesterday in different parts of the valley in which scores of people were injured. Five of the critically injured were admitted to SMHS hospital.

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