Four policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were killed and two others injured in a powerful bomb blast that ripped through a market place in north Kashmir's Sopore town on Saturday, police said.
Sources said the IED was planted beneath a shop by the militants and detonated through remote control. According to reports, three shops were also damaged in the blast at Gole market in Sopore.
No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
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Deceased were identified as ASI Irshad Ahmed of Doda, Mohammad Amin of Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi of Sopore. She wrote on Twitter: "Pained to hear that four policeman have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore".
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.
Police said that security across the town and its neighbourhood had been beefed up ahead of one-day strike called by local traders and endorsed by an alliance of key separatist leaders called "Joint Resistance Leadership". The ADGP Armed Police, SA Mujtaba, the SSP Baramulla, the SSP Sopore, the CO of army's 22RR and the CO of paramilitary 179 CRPF also paid tributes to the slain policemen. The attack was carried out to avenge the killing of JeM's "divisional commander" for south Kashmir Noor Muhammad Tantray who was killed by the security forces on December 24.