JeM terrorists detonated a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that killed four policemen, including an officer, in Kashmir's apple-rich town of Sopore on Saturday morning.
The slain policemen have been identified as Assistant sub-inspector Irshad Ahmad and constables Ghulam Nabi, Muhammad Amin and Parvez Ahmad.
Reports said that at around 10:05 am, the IED planted by militants beneath a shop went off near Haaritar area of Sopore, resulting in injuries to four policemen. But it was not immediately known which group carried out the attack.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Munir Khan said the use of IEDs by militants had ended since 2015 and the security forces will have to chalk out a new strategy in the wake of the blast. "My deepest condolences to their families", Mehbooba tweeted. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace", Abdullah tweeted.
A senior police official said militants intentionally choose this day to target the police in Sopore. They belonged to the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP). The town, famous for apple orchards, is observing a shutdown on the 25th anniversary of a massacre in which government forces killed at least 47 people after a paramilitary soldier died in a rebel attack.
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