Terrorists shot dead a woman, opening fire at her in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Friday.

Shameema was shot dead near her parental house in the Drabgam village around 12.00 PM. Shameema, wife of Ali Mohammad Bhat, was a resident of the Koil village and was at her parental home when terrorists attacked her.

“Unknown terrorists opened fire upon her and shot at the woman. She was immediately moved to a hospital nearby, but she had succumbed to her bullet injuries on the way,” a senior police officer told MyNation.

Shortly after the killing, the terrorists shared photographs of the victim branding her as "Shameema DSP", an informer of security agencies, in social media groups. 

“A case under the relevant Sections of IPC has been initiated in the case,” the police source added.

Police have confirmed that terrorists who shot dead Shameema at her residence were affiliated to terror outfit Hizb ul-Mujahideen. It is pertinent to mention that terror outfits are trying hard to be active in northern Kashmir again.

The police have launched a manhunt to catch the terrorists.

A message accessed by MyNation, which was being circulated by terror outfits to justify her killing reads: "Today mujahideen brothers eliminated one informer namely Shameema a resident of Koil pulwama in her father's home at Drubgam, Sameer Tigers native village. This lady Shameema Akhtar had contacts with all the police officers and army officials, she used to visit the Army camps and police stations frequently. For these actions she was popularly called "Shameema DSP" by the locals. Pertinently, it is important to mention that she was also involved in providing information of Sameer Tiger to indian forces, which led to martyrdom of Tiger and Aaqib Bhai. Indians will cry about this killing, but don't fall into their trap. One who betrays the struggle and works for India and their agents is neither a Muslim nor a Kashmir. She was neither a saint nor was innocent. She had blood of our brothers on her hands. This is beggining and a lesson for those who are still working for these Agencies." [Unedited]

According to government sources, terror outfits have now changed their strategy from targeting security personnel to civilians. At the same time, security forces have heightened their alertness after regular attacks on officers on duty.