Sopore: Four cops killed in IED blast

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Four policemen, including a junior officer, were killed in a deadly Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast inside a closed Gole market in north Kashmir's Sopore town, 50 kilometres from here, on Saturday around 9.30 am.

According to police sources three shops were also damaged in the blast. It exploded when the policemen reached there, said an official.

As per the initial reports, the IED was planted beneath a shop. The attack targeted a patrol unit of the police in the main market in Sopore.

The deadly blast took place on a day when Sopore, which has Asia's second-largest fruit mandi and is known as the "Apple Town", was shut to commemorate the massacre of 57 residents allegedly by the Border Security Force (BSF). They belonged to the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP). "My deepest condolences to their families, [sic]" she said on Twitter.

J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the deaths of the cops.

The spokesman said ASI Irshad Ahmad is survived by his elderly mother, wife, two sons and two daughters.

"Just because they claimed responsibility don't mean that they did it".

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.

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