Four policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were killed and two others injured in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast that ripped through a market place in north Kashmir's Sopore town of Baramulla district on Saturday.
Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed the responsibility for the attack, according to a local news agency.More news: Gruden to be named Raiders head coach — NFL NOTEBOOK
"The IED was planted beneath a shop", Greater Kashmir quoted an unidentified official as saying. The area has been cordoned off and a search operation is underway. They belonged to the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP). Condemning the incident, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said she was deeply pained by the deaths.
The report also identified three of the four policemen as ASI Irshad Ahmad from Doda, Muhammad Amin from Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi from Sopore. "My deepest condolences to their families".More news: Bay Area Jolted By 4.4 Earthquake On Hayward Fault
The policemen were patrolling the area in view of a separatist-sponsored strike there.
The IED blast killed 4 cops. Six or seven shops have suffered damage as well", he said, adding "it was the first (IED) blast since 2015. But it was not immediately known which group carried out the attack.More news: Mega Millions jackpot up to $450M as drawing nears
Jammu and Kashmir police took to Twitter to confirm the blast and number of policemen killed in the blast. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in piece".