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North Kashmir: Four policemen killed in IED blast in Sopore

North Kashmir: Four policemen killed in IED blast in Sopore

Four policemen including an officer were killed in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast at Sopore market in north Kashmir's Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday morning.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti denounced the attack and urged people to work shoulder to shoulder to break the "vortex of violence" in the State.

"Searches are on and the area was cordoned off". They claimed that many innocents were targetted.

Authorities had deployed a large number of security forces in the market and other areas of Sopore to maintain law and order situation in the wake of the protest shutdown. Six or seven shops have suffered damage as well", he said, adding "it was the first (IED) blast since 2015.

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. "The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack", he said. The report quoted a source as saying that the IED was planted beneath a shop.

"We will put our heads together and chalk out some new strategies to tackle this thing, he said". He said police would verify and investigate every detail related to the blast. Two local fidayeen and a Pakistani militant were killed in a 36-hour gunfight. The town, famous for apple orchards, is observing a shutdown on the 25th anniversary of a massacre in which government forces killed at least 47 people after a paramilitary soldier died in a rebel attack.

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