A security person stands guard during a security lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Troops in India-administered Kashmir allowed some Muslims to walk to local mosques alone or in pairs to pray for the Eid al-Adha festival on Monday during an unprecedented security lockdown that still forced most people in the disputed region to stay indoors on the Islamic holy day. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Indian-controlled Kashmir under strict lockdown for 9th day

August 13, 2019 - 2:44 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — 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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