Blast kills 4 Indian policemen in disputed Kashmir

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An explosion killed four policemen in a closed market at north Kashmir's Sopore town on Saturday morning, triggering worries that militants were back to using the bomb after a three-year break.

Pakistan based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed the responsibility for the blast.

Militants had planted the IED near a shop in a lane between the "Chotta Bazaar" and "Bada Bazaar" in Sopore in Baramulla district, an official said.

However, other media reports have said that a police vehicle ran over the IED, triggering the blast.

"Searches are on and the area was cordoned off".

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed condolences over the deaths of the policemen.

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Four policemen were killed and one was seriously injured in an IED blast set off by terrorists in Sopore in.

The IED blast killed 4 cops. JeM said its "Afzal Guru Squad" carried out the attack.

The separatist groups had called for a shutdown in Sopore area to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a fire incident in which they claimed 57 civilians were killed and several houses burned. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace".

At least three shops were also damaged in the blast.

"We will put our heads together and chalk out some new strategies to tackle this thing, he said".

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