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Army truck crash kills 7, ignites Kashmir protest

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Srinagar, July 16 (AP) - Violent protests have erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir after seven people, including a pregnant woman, were killed when an army truck collided with a taxi.

A police officer says that Wednesday's accident took place on a busy highway on the outskirts of Srinagar, the region's main city.

The Indian army is ubiquitous in Kashmir, and locals make little secret of their fury against their presence in the disputed region.

The officer, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said three passengers died on the spot while four others, including the pregnant woman, died in a hospital.

Shortly afterward, hundreds of local residents, chanting anti-India and pro-independence slogans, hurled rocks at the army convoy.

Soldiers fired live ammunition in the air and later used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters.