Vultures flew over Kashmir’s holiest mosque Monday, while below, as many as 26 people lay dead of gunshot wounds from a battle between Muslim separatists and government police.
The violent confrontation at the Hazratbal mosque on Sunday raised fears of a widespread public uprising.
Guerrillas have occupied the mosque in Srinagar, the state’s summer capital, for more than a year. But until Sunday, security forces had avoided fighting in the ancient shrine, which holds a sacred relic that Muslims believe is a hair of the Prophet Mohammed.
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