Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Blast kills four cops in Kashmir

Blast kills four cops in Kashmir

Four policemen on patrol duty were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by militants went off in Sopore town in north Kashmir on Saturday, an official said.

The slain policemen have been identified as Assistant sub-inspector Irshad Ahmad and constables Ghulam Nabi, Muhammad Amin and Parvez Ahmad.

Police said at least half a dozen shuttered shops suffered extensive damage in the blast, which was remotely detonated.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Munir Khan, who rushed to the town immediately, told media persons that it was after three years that an IED attack had been carried out in Kashmir.

Authorities had deployed a large number of security forces in the market and other areas of Sopore to maintain law and order situation in the wake of the protest shutdown.

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The separatist groups had called for a shutdown in Sopore area to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a fire incident in which they claimed 57 civilians were killed and several houses burned. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in piece".

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed condolences over the deaths of the policemen.

He said the security forces will have to think about it.

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