Separatist groups on Wednesday extended the shutdown call in Kashmir till July 15 to protest against the killing of civilians in the aftermath of gunning down of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani last Friday.

"People are appealed to observe a complete strike on July 14 and 15," said a joint statement issued by Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq as also JKLF headed by Mohammad Yasin Malik.

Police detains senior separatist leader of hardliner faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani who was marching towards Martyrs' Graveyard to pay tribute and protest against the recent civilian killings, in Srinagar on Wednesday | PTI

The separatists had initially called for shutdown till July 11 and then they extended it by two days till Wednesday.

The statement also condemned the detention of Geelani and Mirwaiz who tried to lead separate marches towards 'Martyrs Graveyard' from their respective residences.

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