A group of youth, with faces covered and carrying a black banner resembling Islamic State flag, marched from Jamia Masjid towards Nowhatta Chowk soon after the Friday prayers, official sources said.

They said Pakistani flags were also waved by some youths in the area before police swung into action and chased away the protesters. No arrests have been made so far.

Reports from Kupwara in North Kashmir said Pakistani flags were hoisted at some places there too after the Friday prayers, the sources cited.

Violent protests were also reported from Sopore town and some other areas of Baramulla district leading to clashes with law enforcing agencies, the sources added.

However, there were no reports of anyone getting hurt in the clashes. Hardline Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani had called for protests after Friday prayers against the killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Altaf Sheikh by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday.

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