Jammu And Kashmir: Four Policemen Killed in IED Blast in Sopore

Marie Harrington
January 8, 2018

Four policemen on patrol duty were killed on Saturday in an improvised explosive device blast by militants in a market in Sopore township, the first IED attack in Kashmir since 2015.

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

Jammu and Kashmir police took to Twitter to confirm the blast and number of policemen killed in the blast.

Sources said the IED was planted beneath a shop by the militants and detonated through remote control. A local news gathering agency GNS quoting JeM spokesperson claimed that they have attacked the police party in Sopore. But it was not immediately known which group carried out the attack. The area has been cordoned off and a search operation is underway. "My deepest condolences to their families", Mufti said. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace".

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Several officers were injured and condition of one is said to be critical. The ADGP Armed Police, SA Mujtaba, the SSP Baramulla, the SSP Sopore, the CO of army's 22RR and the CO of paramilitary 179 CRPF also paid tributes to the slain policemen.

A senior police official said militants intentionally choose this day to target the police in Sopore.

The policemen were from 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP).

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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