Four policemen killed in Kashmir bombing

IED Returns To Kashmir Blast In Sopore Kills 4 Cops

Four policemen on patrol duty were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants went off in in north Kashmir's Sopore town on Saturday.

So far no militant group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

News18 reported that a police vehicle ran over the planted IED causing the explosion. The blast took place in the very town square where on January 6, 1993, more than 55 people were killed by the BSF (Border Security Force) in retaliation to a militant attack. The policemen were from the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police. Congress Chief GA Mir condemned the killing and said the incident had exposed the tall claims of the Mehbooba government about the Kashmir situation being normal. "My deepest condolences to their families", she tweeted.

The slain cops were identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad, besides Constables Ghulam Nabi, Parvaiz Ahmad and Mohammad Amin.




"The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack", JeM spokesperson said. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in piece".

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Kashmir Zone, Munir Ahmad Khan, said, "We have to think about it (IED)".

This is for the first time since 2015 that terrorists have used an IED to target security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

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