Four policemen including an officer were killed in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast at Sopore market in north Kashmir's Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday morning.
The slain policemen have been identified as Assistant sub-inspector Irshad Ahmad and constables Ghulam Nabi, Muhammad Amin and Parvez Ahmad.
The police official said that the IED was planted by terrorists with the help of their over Ground Wrker (OGW) near a shop.
The IED blast took place in the market area of Sopore. Shops in the market were closed and the area was largely deserted due to a strike called by separatists over the 1993 massacre in which 57 people were killed in firing by security forces. "Pained to hear that four policemen have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore. My deepest condolences to their families", she said in a tweet.
Mehbooba's predecessor and opposition NC leader Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter: "Very sad news from #Sopore. May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace".
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti denounced the attack and urged people to work shoulder to shoulder to break the "vortex of violence" in the State. "It is only because government forces have already been successful in killing the top commanders of LeT (Lashkar-e-Toiba) and Hizb (ul-Mujahideen)", Khan said. We will have to see other aspects also. "The two injured were shifted to hospital", a police officer said. Constable Parvaiz Ahmad is survived by his father, wife, three-year-old son Mohammad Noman, an unmarried sister and three brothers.