Three police officers abducted and killed in Indian Kashmir

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The bodies of three police officers abducted by militants were recovered in Indian-administered Kashmir on Friday, police said, as tensions mount ahead of local civic polls.

Police officers, many of them local Muslims, have been increasingly targeted in recent months in the territory rocked for decades by violence.The increased focus on policemen seems to be in response to what appear to be new police tactics of detaining the family members of prominent militants.

Kashmir has been divided since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 but both India and Pakistan claim the former Himalayan kingdom in full. India has about 500,000 soldiers in the zone it controls, where separatist groups demand independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Kashmiri Shiite Muslims are detained by Indian police as devotees defy restrictions for a Muharram procession in Srinagar on September 21, 2018. Indian authorities imposed restrictions on movement in parts of Srinagar to curtail planned Muharram processions.Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP

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