At least four policemen were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Sopore town of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Saturday.
However, other media reports have said that a police vehicle ran over the IED, triggering the blast. 3 shops were also destroyed in the massive explosion. Soon after the attack army and paramilitary forces launched searches to nab the attackers.
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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The Minister also expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in a snow avalanche near Sadna top in Kupwara district. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace".
Talking to reporters at the wreath laying ceremony in Sopore, Khan said the blast was "very powerful" and it was first IED blast since 2015.
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"The IED was placed beneath the entrance of a shop. Its use had nearly ended". He said even as the situation was serious but police would tackle it.
Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack. "We will have to verify their claim and look at other aspects as well", he added.
A senior police official in Sopore said the attack seemed to be a planned operation because of the expected deployment of police on the Sopore massacre anniversary.
ASI Irshad Ahmad, 58, leaves behind his mother, wife and four children.
Constable Mohammad Amin is survived by aged mother, wife, minor son Tajam-ul-Islam about 04 years old, a brother and three sisters.