J&K: Woman police officer shot dead outside her house in Shopian

Srinagar: A Special Police Officer was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday.

SPO Khushboo Jan was fired upon at close range around 2.40 pm outside her house in district’s Vehil village, about 60 kilometres south of Srinagar.

Immediately after the attack, she was taken to the hospital in a critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries.

“She sustained critical injuries and was evacuated to hospital where she succumbed. We condemn this gruesome terror act & stand by her family at this critical juncture,” said the Jammu and Kashmir police.

The area has been cordoned off by security forces and a manhunt has been launched for the attackers.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah condemned the shooting.

Tension in the Valley has been surging significantly since the Pulwama terror attack, which claimed the life of at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force paramilitary troopers.

Even though security forces are on high alert in the Valley, there have been instances where militants have killed many soldiers to disrupt peace in the region.