Police clash with Kashmiri protesters Monday in Srinagar.
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Police clash with Kashmiri protesters Monday in Srinagar.

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Violence erupts after death of commander of militant separatist group Hizbul Mujaheedin

Police in India-controlled Kashmir say mobs protest Burhan Wani's death

Srinagar, India CNN —  

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 300 injured since Friday in clashes between protesters and security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to police.

A curfew in the region first issued Saturday remains in place, S.J.M. Geelani, Kashmir Zone police chief, told CNN.

The violence erupted after Burhan Wani, a 21-year-old commander of the militant separatist group Hizbul Mujaheedin, was killed Friday in a gunfight with the Indian army and Kashmir police in the subdistrict of Kokernag in Indian-controlled Kashmir, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Srinagar, summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Police described Wani’s killing as a major success in their campaign against separatist militants, but angry mobs protesting the death attacked police stations and posts and government buildings, a police statement said Sunday.

Villagers pray during Saturday's funeral for militant commander Burhan Wani.
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Villagers pray during Saturday's funeral for militant commander Burhan Wani.

Tens of thousands of people attended Wani’s funeral Saturday, according to local resident Showkat Ahmed.

Among the deaths was a police officer, who drowned Saturday after when angry crowds pushed his armored vehicle into a river in Sangam, a town about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Srinagar.

The level of violence has decreased as authorities enforce the curfew in Srinagar and other towns.

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