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Condemning the killings of seven civilians in forces’ firing in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah (AIB) on Saturday called for a shutdown in Chenab valley.

In a statement, AIB president Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh termed the killings as “most heinous and opening up of a bloody war against unarmed civilians” in Kashmir.

Sheikh urged the people to observe shutdown in solidarity with the separatist leadership and innocent people of Kashmir.

Seven civilians were killed after forces opened fire on protesters near the site of a gunfight in Sarnoo village of Pulwama. Three militants and a soldier were killed in the gunfight.