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Four cops martyred in IED blast

Four cops martyred in IED blast

Sopore: Marking the return of IED attacks in Kashmir after three years, a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) blast killed four policemen in Sopore town amid a shutdown on the 25th anniversary of the Sopore massacre. "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.

Preliminary reports suggest that the IED was planted near a shop. The attack targeted a patrol unit of the police in the main market in Sopore. In a statement issued to news agency GNS, Jaish-e-Mohammad spokesperson claimed that they have attacked the forces party in Sopore.

Several officers were injured and condition of one is said to be critical.

The cops belonged to the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP).

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while expressing her grief over the killings tweeted: "Pained to hear that four policemen have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore".

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Meanwhile all entry and exit points are sealed by security forces in the town.

ASI Irshad Ahmad, 58, leaves behind his mother, wife and four children.

Constable Parvaiz Ahmad is survived by aged father, wife, minor son Mohammad Noman about 03 years old, unmarried sister and three brothers.

The authorities had deployed additional police and paramilitary CRPF men in the town to thwart any protests. Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic stayed off the roads.

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