4 policemen were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town on Saturday in an improvised explosive device blast.
No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
The deceased have been identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad (Executive Police 825685) of Doda, Constable Ghulam Nabi (720/IRP 3rd) of Rohama Rafiabad, Constable Parvaiz Ahmad (915/IRP 3rd) of Vilgam Handwara, Constable Mohammad Amin (470/IRP 3rd) of Sogam Kupwara. Six or seven shops have suffered damage as well", he said, adding "it was the first (IED) blast since 2015.
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Sources said the IED was planted beneath a shop by the militants and detonated through remote control.
They said some noises came from the Gole Market side and as soon as policemen on duty approached the area, there was a massive blast that ripped apart bodies of four policemen.
A police officer said that the IED went off when a police party was patrolling the Chota Bazar area of main town Sopore this morning.
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"I am pained to hear that four policemen were killed in IED blast in Sopore".
Meanwhile all entry and exit points are sealed by security forces in the town.
The IED explosion took place a week after JeM militants carried out a suicide attack at a CRPF camp at Lethpora village in Pulwama district. 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. On Saturday, however, the market was observing a shutdown against a 1993 massacre of civilians by the security forces.
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Embassy where security personnel are reported to have been carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol. In a statement Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani called the attack "inhumane" and against the tenets of Islam.