Powerful IED Blast Kills 4 Policemen On Patrol Duty In Sopore

"There was an IED blast in which four of our boys were martyred", said Khan, who was recently promoted as additional director general of police, but continues to hold the post of inspector general of police (IGP) Kashmir.

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.

At least three shops were also damaged in the blast.

"The IED was planted beneath a shop", Greater Kashmir quoted an unidentified official as saying.

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The outfit in a media communiqué claimed that they have attacked the forces party in Sopore.

Police said that security across the town and its neighbourhood had been beefed up ahead of one-day strike called by local traders and endorsed by an alliance of key separatist leaders called "Joint Resistance Leadership".

Taking to twitter, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incident and said she was deeply pained at the deaths.

Security forces have sealed off the area and massive hunt has been launched to nab the terrorists responsible for the incident.

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The policemen were from 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP).

"The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack", JeM spokesperson said.

Sources said in the backdrop of shutdown call, police personnel were deployed in sensitive localities for law and order duty.

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