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

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Sopore: Marking the return of IED attacks in Kashmir after three years, a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) blast killed four policemen in Sopore town amid a shutdown on the 25th anniversary of the Sopore massacre.

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

The police official said that the IED was planted by terrorists with the help of their over Ground Wrker (OGW) near a shop. The attack targeted a patrol unit of the police in the main market in Sopore. The place was cordoned off and a search operation is underway, a police officer told news agency IANS. She tweeted, "Pained to hear that four policemen have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore".

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The slain policemen have been identified as Assistant sub-inspector Irshad Ahmad and constables Ghulam Nabi, Muhammad Amin and Parvez Ahmad. These young policemen were killed when they were on duty to protect the people in the town., Mufti said here.

The Minister also expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in a snow avalanche near Sadna top in Kupwara district. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in piece". The report quoted a source as saying that the IED was planted beneath a shop.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Kashmir Zone, Munir Ahmad Khan, said, "We have to think about it (IED)". He said even as the situation was serious but police would tackle it.