In Jammu and Kashmir, four policemen on patrol duty were killed in Sopore town of north Kashmir today when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by terrorists went off, an official said. Several officers were injured and condition of one is said to be critical. Reports are that many civilians are also injured in the blast.
The official said terrorists had planted the IED near a shop in a lane between the ‘Chotta Bazaar’ and ‘Bada Bazaar’ in Sopore in Baramulla district. The policemen were patrolling the area in view of a separatist-sponsored strike there. Police has cordoned the area.
Pakistan based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed the responsibility for the blast. In a statement issued to news agency GNS, Jaish-e-Mohammad spokesperson claimed that they have attacked the forces party in Sopore.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the killing of personnel of the state police.