Baramulla, Jan 06: Four policemen were killed on Saturday morning after militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Gole market area of Sopore of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district amid shutdown in the area. Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed the responsibility.
The deceased policemen were identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad of Doda, constable Mohammad Amin of Sogam Kupwara, constable Ghulam Nabi Ahangar of Rohama Rafiabad and constable Parvaiz Ahmad of Dolipora Handwara.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district today to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1993 massacre. Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength in the town to prevent protests against the killing of 57 civilians on this day in 1993.
“After 2015, this was the first incident of IED blast. We have to think about it, how to deal with it and chalk out new strategy to tackle the issue,” Khan told the reporters at wreath-laying ceremony.
“Pained to hear that four policeman have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore. My deepest condolences to their families,” twteets Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Reports reaching Kashmir News Bureau, the wreath-laying ceremony of policemen killed in an IED blast in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district was held at District Police Lines. The ceremony was attended by Jammu and Kashmir additional Director General of Police, Muneer Ahmad Khan, SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain, and SSP Sopore Harmeet Singh Mehta, besides officers from army’s 22 RR and CRPF’s 179 battalion, who paid their homage and tributes to the slain policemen. Later, the bodies of the slain policemen were handed over to their families for last rites.
ASI Irshad Ahmad is survived by aged mother about 72 years old, wife, two sons Nadeem Irshad about 19 years old, Sahil Irshad about 10 years old, two daughters Fiza Irshad about 16 years old, and Toiba Bano about 13 years old.
Constable Mohammad Amin is survived by aged mother, wife, minor son Tajam-ul-Islam about 04 years old, a brother and three sisters.
Constable Parvaiz Ahmad is survived by aged father, wife, minor son Mohammad Noman about 03 years old, unmarried sister and three brothers.
Constable Ghulam Nabi is survived by aged parents, pregnant wife, minor daughter Faheeqa Nabi about 04 years old, two brothers and two unmarried sisters.
Meanwhile, Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Saturday claimed responsibility of attack. “The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack.” A spokesman of the outfit said here. (KNB)