Jammu and Kashmir: IED blast kills 4 policemen in Sopore

IED Returns To Kashmir Blast In Sopore Kills 4 Cops

Four policemen on patrol duty were killed in Sopore town of north Kashmir today when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by terrorists went off, an official said.

The terror attack has been claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), one of the most notorious militant outfits in J&K.

The slain personnel were identified as assistant sub- inspector (ASI) Irshad Ahmad - a resident of Doda, Constable Ghulam Nabi - a resident of Rohama Rafiaabad area of Baramulla, Constable Parvaiz Ahmad - a resident of Vilgam, Handwara and Constable Mohammad Amin - a resident of Sogam, Kupwara. Three shops were damaged in the blast, eyewitnesses said.

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Sources said the IED was planted beneath a shop by the militants and detonated through remote control.

The separatist groups had called for a shutdown in Sopore area to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a fire incident in which they claimed 57 civilians were killed and several houses burned. The place was cordoned off and a search operation is underway, a police officer told news agency IANS. "My deepest condolences to their families, [sic]" she said on Twitter. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace", Abdullah tweeted. "The two injured were shifted to hospital", a police officer said. The authorities had deployed additional police and paramilitary CRPF men in the town to thwart any protests.

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