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Srinagar, Jul 07: Mobile Internet services were suspended Saturday in most parts of Kashmir as a “precautionary measure” in the wake of killing of three civilians in Army firing in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, police said.

The civilians were killed in firing by the government forces during clashes with stone-pelting protesters in Kulgam today, they said.

The services have been suspended in Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir, a police official said.

He said the services were also barred in Srinagar and Budgam districts in central Kashmir.

While the Internet services were working in the rest of the Valley, the high-speed internet facility on mobile devices was throttled in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir as well where the network speed was reduced to 2G.

The decision to bar the services was a “precautionary measure to maintain law and order”, the official said.

Authorities also imposed restrictions in some parts of Kashmir today, while security was beefed up across the Valley on the eve of the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Wani, a resident of Tral, was killed in an encounter with government forces in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 08, 2016.

His killing had triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and shutdowns across the Valley.

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