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Indian Kashmiri Muslims throw stones towards Indian police during a strike in Srinagar on September 8, 2008. A one-day strike called by Muslim separatists to denounce planned elections closed shops, schools and businesses across Indian Kashmir. Kashmiri separatists oppose Indian-held elections, arguing they strengthen New Delhi’s hold over the region. The revolt-hit region has been ruled directly by New Delhi since July 10 when the local government collapsed over a Hindu land row that triggered large pro-independence demonstrations. At least 40 Muslims and three Hindus have died in police shootings in the Kashmir valley and the mainly Hindu area of Jammu, further to the south, as authorities struggled to quell the protests. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA (Photo credit should read TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

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