Showkat Ahmad Ahangar, the elder brother of police constable Ghulam Nabi who was among four policemen killed in IED blast in Sopore on Saturday, appealed the worldwide community to come forward and help in resolving the Kashmir issue. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Munir Khan told Greater Kashmir that four policemen were killed in the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast.
"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.
They said some noises came from the Gole Market side and as soon as policemen on duty approached the area, there was a massive blast that ripped apart bodies of four policemen.
Police said that security across the town and its neighbourhood had been beefed up ahead of one-day strike called by local traders and endorsed by an alliance of key separatist leaders called "Joint Resistance Leadership".
Later in the day, Khan led a wreath-laying ceremony for the slain policemen at the District Police Lines Sopore.
ASI Irshad Ahmad, 58, leaves behind his mother, wife and four children.
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Constable Mohammad Amin leaves behind an aged mother, wife, four-year-old son Tajam-ul-Islam, a brother and three sisters, while constable Parvaiz Ahmad is survived by an elderly father, wife, three-year-old son Mohammad Noman, an unmarried sister and three brothers, the spokesman said.
Constable Parvaiz Ahmad is survived by aged father, wife, minor son Mohammad Noman about 03 years old, unmarried sister and three brothers.
"Just because they claimed responsibility don't mean that they did it".
"The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack", JeM spokesperson said. On Saturday, however, the market was observing a shutdown against a 1993 massacre of civilians by the security forces.
The authorities had deployed additional police and paramilitary CRPF men in the town to thwart any protests. All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic remained off the roads.