Four Indian policemen were killed on Saturday in a bomb blast set off by suspected militants in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), police and reports said, marking a deadly start to the new year in the restive valley.
The Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility.
"I am pained to hear that four policemen were killed in IED blast in Sopore. My deepest condolences to their families", Mufti said. But it was not immediately known which group carried out the attack.
The slain personnel were identified as assistant sub- inspector (ASI) Irshad Ahmad - a resident of Doda, Constable Ghulam Nabi - a resident of Rohama Rafiaabad area of Baramulla, Constable Parvaiz Ahmad - a resident of Vilgam, Handwara and Constable Mohammad Amin - a resident of Sogam, Kupwara.
Talking to reporters at the wreath laying ceremony in Sopore, Khan said the blast was "very powerful" and it was first IED blast since 2015. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace", Abdullah tweeted.
According to a senior police official, the IED blast damaged three shops in the Gole Market in Sopopre, once a hotbed of terrorism and separatist politics. The injured were shifted to hospital and a search operation is underway, a police officer said.
Jammu and Kashmir police took to Twitter to confirm the blast and number of policemen killed in the blast.
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