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Despite army chief's warning, stones pelted, Pak flags raised in Kashmir

February 17, 2017 18:22 IST

Despite Army Chief Bipin Rawat's stern message, Kashmiri youths on Friday waved Pakistani and Islamic State flags and pelted stones at security forces in old Srinagar city.

Soon after the Friday prayers, young boys with their faces covered gathered at Kashmir's Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta and started chanting pro-freedom slogans.

Stone-pelting incidents were also reported from several other places in north Kashmir and south Kashmir, a police official said.

On Wednesday, the army chief had warned those attacking security forces during anti-terrorism operations of "tough action".

The stern message from Rawat came a day after three soldiers faced heavy stone-pelting at Parray Mohalla of Bandipore in north Kashmir when they were about to launch an operation against terrorists holed up there.

Alerted by the stone-pelters, the militants got an opportunity to fire hand grenades and empty a few magazines from AK-rifles into the advancing troopers, leaving three jawans dead and some others, including a Commanding officer of CRPF, injured. One terrorist managed to flee the area.

With inputs from PTI

All Photographs: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

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