Four policemen killed in Sopore IED blast

Four policemen killed in Sopore IED blast

Four policemen killed in Sopore IED blast

Four policemen were killed on Saturday morning when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated by suspected militants in Baramulla's Sopore.

So far no militant group has claimed the responsibility for the attack. Authorities had deployed a large number of forces in the market and other areas of Sopore in the wake of the protest shutdown.

The security forces launched cordon and search operation in the area after the blast but no arrests were made. They belonged to the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP).

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the killing of personnel of the state police. "Pained to hear that four policemen have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore. My deepest condolences to their families, [sic]" she said on Twitter. JeM said its "Afzal Guru Squad" carried out the attack. Three of the four slain policemen were identified as M Amin of Kupwara, Ghulam Nabi of Sopore and Irshad of Doda.

Giving details of the incident, ADGP Munir Khan told reporters that shops were closed and vehicles were off roads due to the strike in Sopore when the militants ambushed the police team. It killed an assistant sub-inspector and three constables, damaged six shops and left a huge crater. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in piece". "The two injured were shifted to hospital", a police officer said.

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