Four policemen including an officer were killed in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast at Sopore market in north Kashmir's Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday morning.
The slain policemen have been identified as Assistant sub-inspector Irshad Ahmad and constables Ghulam Nabi, Muhammad Amin and Parvez Ahmad.
"The northern part of Kashmir is under control of police but there are militants in Kashmir and we can not deny it. Attacks will happen and after this IED attack in Sopore, in which our four jawans have been martyred, we will put our heads together to decide how to tackle this manner of attack", Khan said.
"It is for the first time that IED blast took place in Kashmir valley since 2015". A local news gathering agency GNS quoting JeM spokesperson claimed that they have attacked the police party in Sopore.
The policemen were patrolling the area in view of a separatist-sponsored strike there.
J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the deaths of the cops. The area has been cordon off. "My deepest condolences to their families, [sic]" she said on Twitter.
Sopore town was shut today in remembrance of over 50 civilians killed in alleged security forces firing on this day in 1993.
The wreath-laying ceremony where the deceased were honoured 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, was held at the District Police Lines Sopore.
"Just because they claimed responsibility don't mean that they did it". But it was not immediately known which group carried out the attack.
Last week, four Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by armed attackers who stormed a paramilitary camp outside Srinagar.