By Zahid Rafiq
SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir (AA) - At least two civilians were killed and nine others wounded after Indian army personnel opened fire on protesters in southern Shopian district of disputed Kashmir region, the army's spokesperson said.
"Two civilians succumbed to bullet injuries in Shopian today," Col Rajesh Kalia, the army’s spokesman, told Anadolu Agency.
Shriram Ambarkar, senior superintendent of police in Shopian, told media they have registered a complaint against the army.
Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan told Kashmir News Service that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the killings.
"A magisterial inquiry has been ordered in to the case. We have appointed an officer and he has been asked to complete the inquiry within 20 days,” Khan said.
Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Leadership in the region called for a shutdown on Sunday to mourn the killings.
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.
The two countries have fought three wars -- in 1948, 1965 and 1971 -- since they were partitioned in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir.
Also in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984. A cease-fire came into effect in 2003.
Kashmiri resistance groups in Jammu Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.
More than 70,000 people have reportedly been killed in the conflict since 1989. India maintains more than half a million troops in the disputed region.
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2 civilians killed, 9 injured in Jammu Kashmir
By Zahid Rafiq