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The death toll of martyred youth by Indian forces’ actions in occupied Kashmir’s Shopian and Islamabad districts has mounted to 21.

A total of three Indian soldiers and 13 suspected militants died in several clashes south of Srinagar, the main city of the region.

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Kashmir has been divided between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, but both claim it in full.

The youth were martyred during cordon and search operations, launched by Indian forces at Dagdard and Kachdoora areas of the two districts in South Kashmir.

Thousands of people participated in the funeral of a youth martyred by the Indian forces at his native Dehruna village in Islamabad district. Police confirmed that one of the martyred youth was picked up by the Indian army.

The killings triggered forceful anti-India protests in the two districts. Over 100 civilians were injured when Indian forces used brute force and fired pellets and bullets on protesters.

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