By the Associated Press
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Armed soldiers and police have fanned out across much of Indian-controlled Kashmir as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a general strike to mourn the deaths of civilians and armed rebels during confrontation with government forces.
The death toll of civilians in an explosion after a gunbattle between government forces and militants the previous day climbed to seven as another injured young man died at a hospital on early Monday.
Government forces Sunday patrolled streets in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar and enforced a security lockdown in the downtown neighborhoods in anticipation of anti-India protests.
India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety.
Most Kashmiris support rebel demands that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.