Three policemen lost their lives and two others are seriously injured after an IED blast in Baramulla District's Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday morning. Three shops were damaged in the blast, eyewitnesses said.
News18 reported that a police vehicle ran over the planted IED causing the explosion. The deployment of police had taken place at 9am, an hour before the blast. A local news gathering agency GNS quoting JeM spokesperson claimed that they have attacked the police party in Sopore.
Security forces have sealed off the area and massive hunt has been launched to nab the terrorists responsible for the incident.
Srinagar, Jan 6: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy chief Minister Nirmal Singh, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and former chief minister Omar Abdullah Saturday strongly condemned the killing of four policemen, including an officer, in an IED blast at Sopore.
The spokesman said ASI Irshad Ahmad is survived by his elderly mother, wife, two sons and two daughters. A mere statement does not mean that only they have done it. The ADGP Armed Police, SA Mujtaba, the SSP Baramulla, the SSP Sopore, the CO of army's 22RR and the CO of paramilitary 179 CRPF also paid tributes to the slain policemen.
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