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Teenager’s death again heightened the tension in Srinagar

The teenager was brutally shot in the chest during an exchange of fire between troops and suspected militants in Shopian, Srinagar, late Tuesday, sparking further violent protests.

Students have taken the lead in protests, hurling stones at soldiers tracking militants who want freedom from the oppression of India.

More than 100 young men and women have been killed over the past year in the anti-India prostests after Burhan Wani death.

The deaths have increased anti-Indian sentiment in the Muslim-majority region.

India is also worried about how to handle the anger. It considers the battle with armed militants to be a fair one but its leaders are worried about students whose only weapons are stones.

Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said he wished “instead of throwing stones at us, (they) were firing weapons”.

“Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I want,” he told Press Trust of India.

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