Four cops killed in powerful IED blast in Baramulla

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The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday expressed "grief" over the killing of four policemen in an IED blast in Sopore town of Baramulla district.

The IED bomb was planted in the market area and several shops were also damaged due to the high-intensity blast.

The policemen were patrolling the area in view of a separatist-sponsored strike there.

The three slain policemen were assistant sub inspector Irshad Ahmad from Doda, Muhammad Amin from Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi from Sopore.

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Sources said the IED was planted beneath a shop by the militants and detonated through remote control. The policemen were from the 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police. The injured were shifted to hospital and a search operation is underway, a police officer said.

Sopore town was shut today in remembrance of over 50 civilians killed in alleged security forces firing on this day in 1993.

This is the first Incident of 2018 in which security forces have suffered casualties in a terrorist attack in the valley.

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