IED Returns To Kashmir, Blast In Sopore Kills 4 Cops

Policemen arrive to inspect the site of explosion in Sopore 55 kilometers north of Srinagar Indian-controlled Kashmir

Four police officers were killed and two others injured on Saturday in a massive improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore, according to reports.

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 slain cops were identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad, besides Constables Ghulam Nabi, Parvaiz Ahmad and Mohammad Amin. He said that three shops were also damaged in the blast. Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Munir Khan said the IED had been planted in a shop and triggered off when police personnel on duty came closer to it. But it was not immediately known which group carried out the attack.

Four policemen were killed and one was seriously injured in an IED blast set off by terrorists in Sopore in. "My deepest condolences to their families", she tweeted. The place was cordoned off and a search operation is underway, a police officer told news agency IANS. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in piece".

A senior police official said militants intentionally choose this day to target the police in Sopore.

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

The militants had attacked the 185th battalion camp of the Central Reserve Police Force in Awantipora around 2 am on 31 December.

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