J&K: 4 policemen killed, 2 seriously injured in IED blast in Sopore

07 January, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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An explosion killed four policemen in a closed market at north Kashmir's Sopore town on Saturday morning, triggering worries that militants were back to using the bomb after a three-year break.

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terror outfit, which carried out a suicide attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) last week killing five personnel, owned up the deadly attack.

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

Reports said that at around 10:05 am, the IED planted by militants beneath a shop went off near Haaritar area of Sopore, resulting in injuries to four policemen.

Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh also condemned the IED blast in which four police men were killed.

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Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Munir Khan said the use of IEDs by militants had ended since 2015 and the security forces will have to chalk out a new strategy in the wake of the blast.

They were on patrol when the improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Sopore, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) away from the main city of Srinagar.

"Just because they claimed responsibility don't mean that they did it".

A senior police official in Sopore said the attack seemed to be a planned operation because of the expected deployment of police on the Sopore massacre anniversary.

He said constable Ghulam Nabi has aged parents, pregnant wife, four-year-old daughter Faheeqa Nabi, two brothers and two unmarried sisters.

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