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Bomb blast kills four policemen, injures two in Kashmir's Sopore town

The improvised explosive device (IED) blast damaged three shops in the Gole Market

IANS  |  Srinagar 

Policemen, Sopore
Wreath laying ceremony of 4 policemen who lost their lives in an IED blast in Baramulla Photo: ANI

Four policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were killed and two others injured in a powerful that ripped through a market place in north Kashmir's town on Saturday, police said.

The (IED) blast damaged three shops in the Gole Market, a police officer said. Once a hotbed of militancy and separatist politics, town lies 50 km north of Srinagar.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Munir Khan said four were killed in the explosion.

The was planted by militants near a shop, the police said. But it was not immediately known which group carried out the attack.

"Searches are on and the area was cordoned off. The two injured were shifted to hospital," a police officer said.

The otherwise busy market was closed for the day in response to a shutdown called by the separatists to mark the 19th anniversary of the killings of some 55 people following a militant attack on security forces in 1993.

Authorities had deployed a large number of security forces in the market and other areas of to maintain law and order situation in the wake of the protest shutdown.

First Published: Sat, January 06 2018. 14:38 IST