Curfew in effect for Indian Kashmir

After troops shot and killed four people during a protest over a paramilitary raid on an Islamic school, Indian Kashmir is largely shut down with heavy security today. A curfew is in effect for all areas of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts and Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bijbehara and Sopore towns. Meanwhile, a three-day strike called by the separatists to protest the raid has shut down the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley. Shops and businesses are closed, and college and university examinations have been postponed.

About 1,000 Hindu pilgrims who are in Jammu to participate in the annual trek to the Amarnath cave shrine have also been stopped.

Travellers should be aware that some countries warn citizens to avoid all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of the cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

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