4 policemen killed in 1st J&K IED blast in 3 years

Posted January 08, 2018

Four policemen lost their lives and two others were seriously injured after an IED blast set off by militants in Sopore town of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Saturday morning.

"The northern part of Kashmir is under control of police but there are militants in Kashmir and we can not deny it. Attacks will happen and after this IED attack in Sopore, in which our four jawans have been martyred, we will put our heads together to decide how to tackle this manner of attack", Khan said.

However, other media reports have said that a police vehicle ran over the IED, triggering the blast.

The security forces launched cordon and search operation in the area after the blast but no arrests were made. On December 31, three fidayeen (suicide) militants of Jaish had attacked the 185th battalion camp of the Central Reserve Police Force in Awantipora area of Pulwama killing five paramilitary troopers.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed condolences over the deaths of the policemen. The deceased have been identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad from Doda, Muhammad Amin from Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi from Sopore. JeM said its "Afzal Guru Squad" carried out the attack.

The strike was called by separatist leaders who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir. The impact of the blast was so huge that it damaged six shops and created a carter.

"We will put our heads together and chalk out some new strategies to tackle this thing, he said. May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace".

Khan led police officers and jawans in paying floral tributes to the martyrs, a police spokesman said here.