14 killed, dozens injured over Quran desecration protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir
SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) — At least 14 people including a policeman were killed and dozens wounded Monday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, after police fired warning shots to control the violent protests against the alleged desecration of the holy Quran in the United States, locals said.
The police and government officials are yet to confirm the deaths.
Hundreds of Muslim residents in the region took to roads defying curfew after an Iran based television channel reportedly showed a group of people tearing apart pages of the holy Quran in Washington.(emphasis added)
The protesters took to roads shouting slogans “Down with the U. S.!” and “Death to Quran desecrators!”
Apart from Srinagar, the region’s summer capital, the protests and violent clashes against desecration were received from Budgam, Tangmarg, Bandipora, Charar-i-sherif, Pampore and other towns.
The irate protesters in Budgam and Tangmarg towns clashed with police and set ablaze several government offices.
The protesters also torched school building of Christian Missionary School in Tangmarg town of Baramulla, 40 km northwest of Srinagar.
Police fired tear smoke shells and warning shots to chase the protesters.
A radical Florida pastor’s Terry Jones had threatened to burn the Holy Quran to mark the Sept. 11 terror attack anniversary. But according to media reports he later on called off the Quran burning.
Police spokesman in Srinagar described the reports as rumours and appealed people to maintain calm.
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