At least four policemen were killed and two others were seriously injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast by terrorists in Sopore in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to reports, the bomb was planted by militants near a shop amid a strike called by separatists.
Jammu and Kashmir police took to Twitter to confirm the blast and number of policemen killed in the blast.
The security forces launched cordon and search operation in the area after the blast but no arrests were made.
"The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack", JeM spokesperson said.
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No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. "Pained to hear that four policemen have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore".
Deceased were identified as ASI Irshad Ahmed of Doda, Mohammad Amin of Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi of Sopore.
The IED went off at about 10am, when people were mostly indoors because of a shutdown called by the joint resistance leadership (JRL), and a huge deployment of government forces had been made in Sopore town to keep watch. The attack targeted a patrol unit of the police in the main market in Sopore. "May the four courageous J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace", Abdullah tweeted.
Later in the day, Khan led a wreath-laying ceremony for the slain policemen at the District Police Lines Sopore.
The authorities had deployed additional police and paramilitary CRPF men in the town to thwart any protests. Reinforcements have also been rushed to augment the forces on ground to hunt down the militants.