Srinagar, January 6 (KMW):Â Four policemen on patrol duty were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by suspected militants went off in Sopore town in north Kashmir Saturday, an official said.
Militants had planted the IED near a shop in a lane between the â€˜Chotta Bazaarâ€™ and â€˜Bada Bazaarâ€™ in Sopore in Baramulla district, the official said.
The policemen were patrolling the area.
Government forces sealed all entry and exit points of the town soon after the blast.
The powerful IED blast took place in the town of north Kashmir on a day when the Apple town is observing shutdown to commemorate the Killings of 57 civilians at the hands of government forces in 1993.
Three policemen have been identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad from Doda, Muhammad Amin from Kupwara and Ghulam Nabi from Sopore, sources added.