Anantnag: A lady, pregnant by 5 months, was killed in “cross fire” which took place following a grenade attack by militants on an army camp, here in Qasabyar area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday evening.
The slain has been identified as Firdausa Akhtar, wife of Khursheed Ahmad Sheikh, resident of Qasabyar village.
“She was brought dead to the hospital. She was five months pregnant,” a doctor at Pulwama district hospital told Kashmir Reader.
The incident took place at about 7pm. “The militants used an Under barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) to fire a grenade at the 44 RR camp, also known as the Shadimarg camp, here in Pulwama,” a senior police official told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the grenade exploded within the premises of the camp but caused no damage.
“Both the militants and the army men opened fire, after the explosion. One of the bullets unfortunately hit a woman nearby,” the official said.
He said that the lady was evacuated to the nearby Rajpora camp and then to district hospital Pulwama, where she was declared brought dead.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that Firdausa was in her orchard when the bullet hit her.
As the news of her killing spread, hundreds reached her home in Qasabyar village.