Over 30 dead in Kashmir clashes over Burhan Wani shooting

kashmirPolice in Kashmir say over 30 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces following the shooting of well-known militant leader Burhan Wani, 22, who was killed in a gunfight with the Indian army. Over 200 people have also been injured in the clashes.

More deaths were reported after a weekend of violence left 23 dead, including a policeman.

A curfew is in place across much of the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley after a police post was set alight and a military airbase was targeted.

Kashmir is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan, and has been a flash-point for over 60 years.

Burhan Wani is believed to have been driven to militancy at age 15, when he and his brother were beaten up by police for no reason.

Thousands attended Wani’s funeral that was held in his hometown, Tral, near Srinagar.

Rights groups have described the current situation as a state of emergency, and hospitals struggle to cope with the wounded, as phone and Internet services were suspended. The level of separatist insurgency violence in the region has ebbed and flowed since 1989, and it has taken the lives of tens of thousands of people, mainly civilians.