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India: Curfew imposed, internet service cut in Kishtwar after attack April 9

Curfew imposed and internet service cut in Kishtwar, other areas (Jammu and Kashmir state) following militant attack in Kishtwar April 9, which left two people dead; violent unrest reported April 10

10 Apr 07:00 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/12/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

Event

Suspected militants shot and killed a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary officer and his personal security officer in Kishtwar (Jammu and Kashmir state) on Tuesday, April 9. Security forces imposed a curfew in the Kishtwar and Bhaderwah areas on Tuesday and have cut mobile internet services in Kishtwar, Doda, and Ramban districts. Violent unrest was reported in Kishtwar amid the funeral procession for the RSS officer on Wednesday, April 10, with mourners clashing with police; no associated casualties were reported.

Lingering disruptions due to ongoing curfews and internet cuts are to be expected in the affected areas over the coming hours and - potentially - days. Similar demonstrations are possible in Jammu and Kashmir state over the coming days.

Context

Separatists have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Some 70,000 people have died and many more have been injured in related violence, uprisings, and military crackdowns.

Advice

Individuals in Kashmir are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.

 

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