Four policemen on patrol duty were killed in Sopore town of north Kashmir today when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by terrorists went off, an official said.
Pakistan based terror outfit JeM claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Sources said the IED was planted beneath a shop by the militants and detonated through remote control. The deployment of police had taken place at 9am, an hour before the blast.
He said that immediately after the blast an intensive search operation was launched and the area was cordoned off by the security forces.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack in a tweet. Three of the four slain policemen were identified as M Amin of Kupwara, Ghulam Nabi of Sopore and Irshad of Doda.
Authorities had deployed a large number of security forces in the market and other areas of Sopore to maintain law and order situation in the wake of the protest shutdown call given by the separatists.
The IED blast killed 4 cops.
"The Shaheed Afzal Guru squad carried out the attack", JeM spokesperson said. They had asked people to give decent burial to the ultra.
At least three shops were also damaged in the blast. "May the four fearless J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace", Abdullah tweeted.
Khan led police officers and jawans in paying floral tributes to the martyrs, a police spokesman said here.