Four policemen killed in Sopore IED blast

Four policemen killed in Sopore IED blast

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.

Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed the responsibility for the attack, according to a local news agency.

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. Authorities had deployed a large number of forces in the market and other areas of Sopore in the wake of the protest shutdown.

Taking to twitter, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incident and said she was deeply pained at the deaths. The area has been cordon off.

Later in the day, Khan led a wreath-laying ceremony for the slain policemen at the District Police Lines Sopore.

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After the blast, the government forces sealed entry and exit points of the town to nab the attackers.

ASI Irshad Ahmad is survived by aged mother about 72 years old, wife, two sons Nadeem Irshad about 19 years old, Sahil Irshad about 10 years old, two daughters Fiza Irshad about 16 years old, and Toiba Bano about 13 years old. A mere statement does not mean that only they have done it.

"The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack", JeM spokesperson said.

Last week, four Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by armed attackers who stormed a paramilitary camp outside Srinagar.

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