Jammu and Kashmir: Four policemen killed in IED blast at Sopore

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Four policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were killed and two others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast at a market place in Baramulla district's Sopore town Saturday, reports quoting police said.

Witnesses said the powerful blast near Gole Market ruptured bodies of the slain policemen, destroyed five shops, and partially damaged three other shops. The area has been cordon off.

In a statement issued to news agency GNS, Jaish-e-Mohammad spokesperson claimed, "The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack". The call for the shutdown was given by the separatist leaders to remember the victims.

Three of the deceased were identified as ASI Irshad of Doda; Mohammad Amin of Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi of Sopore. She tweeted, "Pained to hear that four policemen have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore".

Khan led police officers and jawans in paying floral tributes to the martyrs, a police spokesman said here.

The policemen were patrolling the area in view of a Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL)-sponsored strike there.

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

This was the first major militant attack in the Valley in 2018 in which security forces suffered casualties. On Saturday, however, the market was observing a shutdown against a 1993 massacre of civilians by the security forces.

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