J&K: 4 policemen killed, 2 seriously injured in IED blast in Sopore

08 January, 2018, 03:44 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Four policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were killed and two others injured in a powerful bomb blast that ripped through a market place in north Kashmir's Sopore town on Saturday, police said.

So far no militant group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

The official said terrorists had planted the IED near a shop in a lane between the "Chotta Bazaar" and "Bada Bazaar" in Sopore in Baramulla district.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Munir Khan said the use of IEDs by militants had ended since 2015 and the security forces will have to chalk out a new strategy in the wake of the blast. They belonged to the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP).

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti strongly condemned the IED blast. "My deepest condolences to their families", she tweeted. JeM said its "Afzal Guru Squad" carried out the attack.

The slain cops were identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad of Doda, Constable Ghulam Nabi Belt of Rafiabad, Constable Parvaiz Ahmad of Handwara and Constable Mohammad Amin of Sogam Kupwara. The report quoted a source as saying that the IED was planted beneath a shop. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in piece".

A police officer told IANS that the injured were shifted to the hospital and a search operation is underway.


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