Woman shot dead outside maternal home in Pulwama

Woman shot dead outside maternal home in Pulwama
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Anantnag: A 38-year-old married woman was shot dead by two gunmen outside her maternal parents’ home here in Drubgam area of Pulwama district on Friday afternoon. Police said that the preliminary investigation suggests the gunmen were Hizb militants.
The slain woman has been identified as Shameema Akhtar, wife of Ali Muhammad Bhat, resident of Koil area in Pulwama district.
Pulwama Superintendent of Police Chandan Kohli confirmed the killing and said that the woman was shot at by two unidentified gunmen at about 1:00 PM.
“She was married in Koil and was visiting her parents’ house in Drubgam when the incident took place,” Kohli said, adding that two gunmen reportedly appeared in the area and shot her just outside her parents’ house.
He said that Shameema died on the spot, though she was taken to a nearby hospital where the doctors confirmed her death.
The police officer said that a case had been lodged and investigation taken up in the matter.
“Preliminary investigation suggests that the gunmen belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen. The case is being investigated thoroughly,” he said.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that Shameema is survived by her teenage children — a daughter and a son — and her husband Wali Muhammad Bhat.
Her body was handed over to her family after completion of medico-legal formalities.