Kashmir militants wage selfie war against Indian crackdown

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  • Monday, 23 May 2016

Rafiqa, mother of Shaista Hameed who was killed by a stray bullet during an encounter, cries during an interview with Reuters in Lalhar, south of Srinagar May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

TRAL, India (Reuters) - Rebels like Burhan Wani, more adept at spreading their message via smartphone than wielding an assault rifle, are becoming a rallying point in disputed Kashmir for youth who reject the authority of India's federal government.

Wani, a 22-year-old commander of Islamic separatist group Hizb-ul Mujahideen, personifies a new generation of militant who is winning public sympathy in a battle that once again risks destabilising the troubled northern region.

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