Jammu and Kashmir Blast In Sopore Kills 4 Policemen

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Four policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were killed and two others injured in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast that ripped through a market place in north Kashmir's Sopore town of Baramulla district on Saturday.

Militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed responsibility of the attack.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Munir Khan said four policemen were killed in the explosion. A local news gathering agency GNS quoting JeM spokesperson claimed that they have attacked the police party in Sopore.

The policemen were patrolling the area in view of a separatist-sponsored strike there. "My deepest condolences to their families, [sic]" she said on Twitter.

The security forces launched cordon and search operation in the area after the blast but no arrests were made. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in piece".

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the killing of personnel of the state police.

The two injured were shifted to hospital in Srinagar, said the police official.

ASI Ahmad is survived by his 72-year-old mother, wife, two sons Nadeem Irshad (19) and Sahil Irshad (10) and two daughters Fiza Irshad (16) and Toiba Bano (13).

Constable Mohammad Amin leaves behind an aged mother, wife, four-year-old son Tajam-ul-Islam, a brother and three sisters, while constable Parvaiz Ahmad is survived by an elderly father, wife, three-year-old son Mohammad Noman, an unmarried sister and three brothers, the spokesman said. Constable Parvaiz Ahmad is survived by his father, wife, three-year-old son Mohammad Noman, an unmarried sister and three brothers.

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