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3 more die in Kashmir violence after teen's body found

From Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kashmiris clash with Indian security forces
  • Skirmishes erupt after discovery of teenager's body
  • Three more die in daylong violence in Srinagar; 14 have died in unrest since June
  • Muslim-majority region's residents accuse Indian troops of excessive force

Srinagar, India (CNN) -- The death of a teenager whose body was fished from a stream triggered hours of violence Tuesday in Indian-administered Kashmir that also killed three other people, police said.

Residents in the Gangbugh area of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state, said the 17-year-old was chased by security forces during protests on Monday and then drowned.

Divers discovered the body Tuesday morning, residents said, sparking fresh protests, which quickly turned into violent clashes between stone-throwing protesters and Indian police.

Security forces fired warning shots and tear gas and used batons to restore order. A woman was hit in the chest by a stray police bullet and later died at a local hospital, senior police officer Farooq Ahmad said. Also among the dead was a 15-year-old boy.

Tuesday evening, Srinagar was under curfew.

"This decision has been taken as a precautionary measure and in view of the apprehension of breach of peace and tranquillity and damage to life and property," the district magistrate said in a statement.

Kashmir's latest wave of unrest began in late June and has left 14 people dead, many of them youths. The violence has angered residents of the restive Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, who say Indian troops, stationed there to quell a two-decade insurgency, are using unnecessary force.