Four policemen killed in IED blast in J-K’s Sopore, Mehbooba condemns incident

At least three policemen were feared killed in an IED blast in Sopore in Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Sopore | Updated: January 6, 2018 8:11 pm
There was heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces in the town at the time of the incident, to maintain normalcy and prevent any protests. (Express Photo)

Four policemen were killed in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion on Saturday, which had been planted by suspected militants, in Sopore, Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. The explosion took place at Gole Market, where separatists were observing a bandh. There was heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces in the town at the time of the incident, to maintain normalcy and prevent any protests. According to sources, militants had planted the bomb inside the market after sensing heavy presence of forces today. The wreath laying ceremony for the victims will be held today.

J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter to condemn the incident. “Pained to hear that four policeman have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore,” she tweeted. ”My deepest condolences to their families.”

Senior police officers rushed to the town immediately after receiving news of the explosion, to take stock of situation.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed grief as well today. “Very sad news from #Sopore. May the four brave J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace,” he tweeted.

Separatists are observing a shutdown in Sopore today, to protest the killing of over 50 civilians on this day in 1993.

The incident comes days after the commencement of the budget session of the state legislative Assembly. The session began on a stormy note on Tuesday, which Opposition members disrupting the Governor’s address, and staging a walkout. They were protesting unrest in the Valley.

During the Winter Session of Parliament, the government had stated that there were 341 terror incidents in the state between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. There were 311 incidents in the same period the previous year. Mos (Home) Hansraj Ahir had said the overall security situation in J&K has improved, and attributed it to demonetisation.

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  1. Leanne Jones
    Jan 9, 2018 at 4:12 am
    The Indian Express of India dated Jan. 6, 3018 reports, "During the Winter session of Parliament of India government had stated that there were 341 terror incidents in the state between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. There were 311 incidents in the same period the previous year". I must state that the escalation of terror incidents coincides with the time when Avinash Pandit of Pune gave India to a Canadian Mr. Ken Kalturnyk, who is playing politics
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    1. Prasann Singh
      Jan 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm
      Its incompetency of mehboba government to tackle state. President rule should be imposed, taking house arrest both mufti and Abdullah dynasty, if recurrred again in near future. These incompetent political parties are responsible doing appea t for political benefits and innocent are paying with there life.
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      1. Leanne Jones
        Jan 9, 2018 at 4:15 am
        Here is the reality that you need to know: The Indian Express of India dated Jan. 6, 3018 reports, "During the Winter session of Parliament of India government had stated that there were 341 terror incidents in the state between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. There were 311 incidents in the same period the previous year". I must state that the escalation of terror incidents coincides with the time when Avinash Pandit of Pune gave India to a Canadian Mr. Ken Kalturnyk on or around September 30, 2016, who is playing politics
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      2. Aegon Targarian
        Jan 6, 2018 at 12:03 pm
        Protesting for 50 people killed in 1993? Why not protest for more than 100000 kashmiri pandits wiped out in 1990.
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        1. Leanne Jones
          Jan 9, 2018 at 4:28 am
          Jan 9, 2018 at 4:15 am Here is the reality that you need to know: The Indian Express of India dated Jan. 6, 3018 reports, "During the Winter session of Parliament of India government had stated that there were 341 terror incidents in the state between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. There were 311 incidents in the same period the previous year". I must state that the escalation of terror incidents coincides with the time when Avinash Pandit of Pune gave India to a Canadian Mr. Ken Kalturnyk on or around September 30, 2016, who is playing politics
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          1. Leanne Jones
            Jan 9, 2018 at 4:29 am
            Jan 9, 2018 at 4:15 am Here is the reality that you need to know: The Indian Express of India dated Jan. 6, 3018 reports, "During the Winter session of Parliament of India government had stated that there were 341 terror incidents in the state between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. There were 311 incidents in the same period the previous year". I must state that the escalation of terror incidents coincides with the time when Avinash Pandit of Pune gave India to a Canadian Mr. Ken Kalturnyk on or around September 30, 2016, who is playing politics.
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          2. Virendra Sason
            Jan 6, 2018 at 11:58 am
            Henceforth Our brave soldiers are eliminating terrorist in one to one gun battle. Now a day it seems to me that our bravos have to face IED blast that is a dangerous one.
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            1. Factfully Indian
              Jan 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm
              Our army is not allowed to use fire arms larger than an LMG and ammunition no greater than their bullets. Of course Pakistan is providing with IEDS and thousands of ak47s by colluding with local Kashmiri jihadis.
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              1. Leanne Jones
                Jan 9, 2018 at 4:25 am
                Jan 9, 2018 at 4:15 am Here is the reality that you need to know: The Indian Express of India dated Jan. 6, 3018 reports, "During the Winter session of Parliament of India government had stated that there were 341 terror incidents in the state between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. There were 311 incidents in the same period the previous year". I must state that the escalation of terror incidents coincides with the time when Avinash Pandit of Pune gave India to a Canadian Mr. Ken Kalturnyk on or around September 30, 2016, who is playing politics
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              2. Leanne Jones
                Jan 9, 2018 at 4:30 am
                Jan 9, 2018 at 4:15 am Here is the reality that you need to know: The Indian Express of India dated Jan. 6, 3018 reports, "During the Winter session of Parliament of India government had stated that there were 341 terror incidents in the state between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. There were 311 incidents in the same period the previous year". I must state that the escalation of terror incidents coincides with the time when Avinash Pandit of Pune gave India to a Canadian Mr. Ken Kalturnyk on or around September 30, 2016, who is playing politics
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              3. Factfully Indian
                Jan 6, 2018 at 11:44 am
                Where from do these terrorists get ied's automatic weapons from? Cannot be without the help of Pakistan and local Kashmiris.
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                1. Leanne Jones
                  Jan 9, 2018 at 4:26 am
                  Jan 9, 2018 at 4:15 am Here is the reality that you need to know: The Indian Express of India dated Jan. 6, 3018 reports, "During the Winter session of Parliament of India government had stated that there were 341 terror incidents in the state between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. There were 311 incidents in the same period the previous year". I must state that the escalation of terror incidents coincides with the time when Avinash Pandit of Pune gave India to a Canadian Mr. Ken Kalturnyk on or around September 30, 2016, who is playing politics
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