Blast kills 4 Indian policemen in disputed Kashmir

Blast kills 4 Indian policemen in disputed Kashmir

Blast kills 4 Indian policemen in disputed Kashmir

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

Militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed responsibility of the attack. He said that three shops were also damaged in the blast at Gole market Sopore.

"Four policemen including an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) were killed in the powerful blast", he said.

Streets were deserted and shops and businesses closed for a strike when the massive blast struck the northwestern town of Sopore, hitting the police patrol.

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Srinagar: Denouncing the killing of four policemen in an IED blast in Sopore, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday urged the people to work shoulder to shoulder to break the "vortex of violence" in the state. But it was not immediately known which group carried out the attack. "My deepest condolences to their families", she tweeted. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace", Abdullah tweeted.

A police officer told IANS that the injured were shifted to the hospital and a search operation is underway.

A senior police official said militants intentionally choose this day to target the police in Sopore. The authorities had deployed additional police and paramilitary CRPF men in the town to thwart any protests.

The spokesperson claimed that five forces' personnel were killed and several others suffered injuries in the attack.

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