KASHMIR, India, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Indian armed forces and protesters continued to clash after soldiers shot and killed 19-year-old Waseem Ahmad on Friday amid unrest in Kashmir.
Ahmad was shot by soldiers who were firing back against protesters who reportedly threw stones at an army convoy, police said.
Witnesses to the incident disputed official’s response saying Ahmad was not demonstrating when government forces opened fire.
“There was no protest or stone pelting,” said Ahmad’s cousin Abdul Rasheed Lone. “Everything was quiet. He was killed without reason. It was a cold-blooded murder.”
Eighty-seven people have died in the region since the conflict began on July 9.