Four policemen killed in Sopore IED blast

Four policemen killed in Sopore IED blast

Srinagar:Four policemen were killed in a blast in Sopore town of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Saturday.

In a statement issued to news agency GNS, Jaish-e-Mohammad spokesperson claimed, "The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack". The attack targeted a patrol unit of the police in the main market in Sopore. The blast took place in the very town square where on January 6, 1993, more than 55 people were killed by the BSF (Border Security Force) in retaliation to a militant attack. They belonged to the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP). "Pained to hear that four policemen have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore. My deepest condolences to their families", Mufti said.

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.

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The strike was called by separatist leaders who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir IGP Munir Khan told Greater Kashmir that three shops were also damaged.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also expressed sorrow over the deaths. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace". "The two injured were shifted to hospital", a police officer said.

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