Four policemen killed in IED blast in J&K

08 January, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Phil Peters
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Srinagar:Four policemen were killed in a blast in Sopore town of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Saturday.

So far no militant group has claimed the responsibility for the attack. They said that the improvised explosive device was planted near a shop. The attack targeted a patrol unit of the police in the main market in Sopore. The area has been cordoned off and a search operation is underway. The policemen were from the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed condolences over the deaths of the policemen.

The killed policemen have been identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad Sheikh (ARP825685) of Chanoth Doda, Constable Mohd Amin (ARP106522) of Sogam Kupwara, Constable Ghulam Nabi Ahangar (ARP066093) of Rohama Sopore, and Constable Parwaiz Ahmad (ARP106059) of Dolipora, Handwara.

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The policemen were patrolling the area in view of a separatist-sponsored strike there. JeM said its "Afzal Guru Squad" carried out the attack. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace", Abdullah tweeted.

Talking to reporters at the wreath laying ceremony in Sopore, Khan said the blast was "very powerful" and it was first IED blast since 2015.

"We will put our heads together and chalk out some new strategies to tackle this thing, he said".

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