Four police personnel killed in Sopore IED blast

SRINAGAR, Jan 6: Four personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police were killed in a blast at Sopore in north Kashmir district of Baramulla on Saturday.
Official sources said that militants triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Sopore, about 55 km from here, where a general strike was observed on Saturday as on this day 57 persons were killed in alleged security force firing in 1993.
Four police personnel were killed, they said adding that the IED was planted beneath a shop. Several shops were also damaged in the blast, sound of which was heard in the entire town.
The three deceased policemen have been identified as Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Irshad of Doda; Head Constable (HC) Mohammad Amin of Kupwara and constable Ghulam Nabi of Sopore. However, the identification of fourth policeman killed is being ascertained.
Security force and police personnel were deployed in the town to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast at Sopore, in Baramulla that left four personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police dead.
In a statement to local media, a spokesman for the outfit said, “The shaheed Afzal Guru” squad carried out the IED attack. Guru, who was awarded death sentence in Parliament attack case, was hanged and later buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.
JeM has also claimed responsibility for the fidayeen attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in which five CRPF personnel were killed. All the three fidayeen were also gunned down in Pulwama on Sunday.