J&K: 4 policemen killed in IED blast in Sopore

Four policemen were killed and two seriously injured in an IED blast set off by terrorists in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla District on Saturday.

Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit has taken responsibility for the attack, but the Kashmir police said it will have to verify the claim. It exploded when the policemen reached there, said an official.

The IED, which went off near a lane between Chotta Bazaar and Bada Bazaar of the town, was so powerful that it completely destroyed three shops, damaged three more and some other structures nearby.

They said some noises came from the Gole Market side and as soon as policemen on duty approached the area, there was a massive blast that ripped apart bodies of four policemen.

The report also identified three of the four policemen as ASI Irshad Ahmad from Doda, Muhammad Amin from Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi from Sopore. "My deepest condolences to their families", Mufti said.

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Mehbooba's predecessor and opposition NC leader Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter: "Very sad news from #Sopore. May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace".

The authorities had deployed additional police and paramilitary CRPF men in the town to thwart any protests.

The cops belonged to the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP).

The otherwise busy market was closed for the day in response to a shutdown called by the separatists to mark the 19th anniversary of the killings of some 55 people following a terror attack on security forces in 1993.