Jammu and Kashmir: IED blast kills 4 policemen in Sopore

Michele Moreno
January 7, 2018

Four policemen were killed when militants detonated a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) planted in the ground outside a closed shop in Sopore, a town 48 km north-west of Srinagar, on Saturday.

Pakistan based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed the responsibility for the blast.

Three of the deceased were identified as ASI Irshad of Doda; Mohammad Amin of Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi of Sopore.

The IED was planted by militants near a shop, the police said.

The IED blast took place in the market area of Sopore.

A police officer said that the IED went off when a police party was patrolling the Chota Bazar area of main town Sopore this morning.

The blast occurred on a day when at least 57 civilians were shot dead in Sopore by the paramilitary Border Security Forces (BSF) twenty five years ago in 1993. "My deepest condolences to their families", Mufti said. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "Very sad news from #Sopore". "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace", Abdullah tweeted.

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

Later in the day, Khan led a wreath-laying ceremony for the slain policemen at the District Police Lines Sopore. The attack was carried out to avenge the killing of JeM's "divisional commander" for south Kashmir Noor Muhammad Tantray who was killed by the security forces on December 24.

Other reports by Insurance News

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