Four policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were killed and two others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast at a market place in Baramulla district’s Sopore town Saturday, reports quoting police said.
Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed the responsibility for the attack, according to a local news agency.
The slain cops were identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad of Doda, Constable Ghulam Nabi Belt of Rafiabad, Constable Parvaiz Ahmad of Handwara and Constable Mohammad Amin of Sogam Kupwara.
The powerful blast also damaged three shops in the Gole Market, which was closed for the day in response to a shutdown called by the Joint Resistance Leadership to mark the 19th anniversary of the Sopore massacre when Border Security Force personnel killed over 50 people and burnt down dozens of shops.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Munir Khan said four policemen were killed in the explosion.
The IED was planted by militants near a shop, the police said. Authorities had deployed a large number of forces in the market and other areas of Sopore in the wake of the protest shutdown.