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Indian-controlled Kashmir under strict lockdown for 9th day

NEW DELHI — 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 Monday and shops had been opened briefly on previous days.

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

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

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