Protest strike shuts Kashmir

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Srinagar:  Shops and businesses are shut in Kashmir in response to a strike called by separatist groups to protest firing by government forces that wounded seven civilians in the disputed region.

Public transportation also was not running in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Monday.

On Friday, Indian troops fired on the civilians in Pulwama town as they carried two colleagues injured in a gunbattle with rebels in a neighboring village. Seven civilians were wounded in the shooting, leading to massive anti-government protests.

Authorities ordered a probe and declared a curfew in Pulwama which continued Monday, said Shabir Ahmed, a police officer.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan and split by a heavily militarized line of control.

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