A woman was killed and a man injured in firing by suspected militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday morning. The injured civilian is being treated at a hospital in Srinagar.
A Jammu & Kashmir Police spokesperson said militants fired on two civilians, including a woman identified as Nigeena Bano, and Jalal-ud-din Bafanda in Singoo Narbal village of Pulwama district. “In this incident, both the civilians received critical gunshot wounds,” the spokesperson said.
According to local residents, Nigeena and Jalal-ud-din were talking outside a mosque when they were fired at. After the incident, both of them were rushed to a nearby hospital, but Nigeena succumbed to injuries.
A senior doctor at a government health facility at Kakapora, where the two were admitted, said the woman was declared brought dead. Jalal-ud-din was referred to Srinagar-based Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital.
Family members of Nigeena said she had not received any threats. “We are totally shocked. As far I know, she didn’t receive any warning from anyone. We have no idea why she was killed,” Nigeena’s brother Mohammad Shafi Khan said.
“A case was registered under relevant sections. Officers from the local police station are investigating the circumstances of this terror crime,” a J&K police spokesperson said.