07 January, 2018
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.
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit has taken responsibility for the attack, but the Kashmir police said it will have to verify the claim.
The deceased have been identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad (Executive Police 825685) of Doda, Constable Ghulam Nabi (720/IRP 3rd) of Rohama Rafiabad, Constable Parvaiz Ahmad (915/IRP 3rd) of Vilgam Handwara, Constable Mohammad Amin (470/IRP 3rd) of Sogam Kupwara.
According to police sources three shops were also damaged in the blast.
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"The IED was planted beneath a shop", Greater Kashmir quoted an unidentified official as saying. In a statement issued to news agency GNS, the Jaish spokesperson said its "Shaheed Afzal Guru squad" carried out the attack. "My deepest condolences to their families", she tweeted.
"Searches are on and the area was cordoned off". 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.
Meanwhile all entry and exit points are sealed by security forces in the town. They claimed that many innocents were targetted.
This comes just days after two heavily armed militants stormed a CRPF camp in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing a personnel and leaving two others injured.