North Kashmir: Four policemen killed in IED blast in Sopore

Jammu & Kashmir: 4 policemen killed in IED blast at Sopore in Baramulla

An explosion killed four policemen in a closed market at north Kashmir's Sopore town on Saturday morning, triggering worries that militants were back to using the bomb after a three-year break.

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

Three of the deceased were identified as ASI Irshad of Doda; Mohammad Amin of Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi of Sopore. It exploded when the policemen reached there, said an official.

Preliminary reports suggest that the IED was planted near a shop.

The IED blast took place in the market area of Sopore. JeM said its "Afzal Guru Squad" carried out the attack. "My deepest condolences to their families", she tweeted.

Mehbooba's predecessor and opposition NC leader Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter: "Very sad news from #Sopore".

The policemen were patrolling the area in view of a separatist-sponsored strike there. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace".

Later in the day, Khan led a wreath-laying ceremony for the slain policemen at the District Police Lines Sopore. The authorities had deployed additional police and paramilitary CRPF men in the town to thwart any protests. Last year 206 suspected militants, 57 civilians and 78 Indian security forces personnel were killed, making it the deadliest year in a decade.

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