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Police fire tear gas on protesters in Kashmir

Women protesters in Srinagar
Image caption It was the latest in a series of violent demonstrations in Indian-administered Kashmir this year

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have fired shots in the air and used tear gas shells to disperse hundreds of protesters in Srinagar.

Protests erupted after prayers marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

The demonstrators emerged from mosques chanting anti-India slogans and hurled stones at police, witnesses said.

At least 111 Kashmiris, many of them teenagers, have died in clashes with police during protests against Indian rule since June.

The BBC's Altaf Hussain in Srinagar says the authorities want to prevent a repeat of massive demonstrations in the city two months ago on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival that marks the end of Ramadan.

Police sealed off Lal Chowk - or Red Square - in the city centre on Wednesday to prevent any further gatherings.

Demonstrations also took place in Anantnag district, south of Srinagar.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabir Shah have all been placed under house arrest, police said.

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