SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have ordered hundreds of schools to close after days of deadly shelling in areas near the militarized frontier with Pakistan.
Many schools in the disputed Himalayan region have already been shut since anti-India protests that left at least 90 dead flared in July. Police said 26 school buildings have been torched by people they described as "miscreants," without naming any arson suspects.
Police officer S.P. Vaid said a criminal investigation into the burning of the schools is ongoing.
The state's top administrator, Chief Secretary B.R. Sharma, said Thursday that nearly 300 schools were closed this week after cross-border firing escalated between Indian and Pakistani troops, with 14 civilians killed Monday and Tuesday.