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Kashmir under strict lockdown for 9th day

By AAP Newswire

An unprecedented security lockdown is keeping people in Indian-administered Kashmir indoors for a ninth day.

Indian troops patrolling the disputed region had allowed some Muslims to walk to mosques to mark the Eid al-Adha festival on Monday and shops had been opened briefly on previous days.

But residents were running short of essentials under the near-constant curfew and communications black-out as India tried to stave off a violent reaction to the government's decision on August 5 to strip Kashmir of its autonomy.

Witnesses described hundreds of people chanting anti-India slogans during a brief protest on Monday.

The lockdown is expected to last at least through Thursday, India's independence day.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in full by both. Rebels have been fighting Indian rule for decades.