BBC correspondent Altaf Hussain reported that the death toll from Monday’s clash between police and protesters in Kashmir was likely to rise.
An outbreak of violence, partially attributed to unrest over recent anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., occurred in the volatile Kashmir region Monday, and 18 civilians were confirmed killed by Indian police, according to the BBC.
The attack on the missionary school was condemned by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani—who has been put under house arrest by Indian authorities.
“I urge the Muslims to protect members of [the] minority community and their religious places. We should at any cost maintain the age-old communal harmony and brotherhood for which Kashmir is known the world over,” he said.
A curfew was also imposed in the town of Poonch in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday following violent protests, Indian officials said.