Four policemen, including a junior officer, were killed in a deadly Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast inside a closed Gole market in north Kashmir's Sopore town, 50 kilometres from here, on Saturday around 9.30 am. The deployment of police had taken place at 9am, an hour before the blast.
The Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility. Soon after the attack army and paramilitary forces launched searches to nab the attackers.
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The militants had attacked the 185th battalion camp of the Central Reserve Police Force in Awantipora around 2 am on 31 December.
The slain personnel were identified as assistant sub- inspector (ASI) Irshad Ahmad - a resident of Doda, Constable Ghulam Nabi - a resident of Rohama Rafiaabad area of Baramulla, Constable Parvaiz Ahmad - a resident of Vilgam, Handwara and Constable Mohammad Amin - a resident of Sogam, Kupwara.
J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the deaths of the cops. The report quoted a source as saying that the IED was planted beneath a shop. Three shops were damaged in the blast, eyewitnesses said. They had asked people to give decent burial to the ultra. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace", Abdullah tweeted.
"We will put our heads together and chalk out some new strategies to tackle this thing, he said".
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.