A Special Police Officer was shot dead by terrorists outside her home in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district today. SPO Khushboo Jan was fired upon at close range around 2.40 pm in the district's Vehil village, about 60 kilometres south of Srinagar.
She was rushed to a local hospital in the district, where she died.
"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.
A lady special police officer (SPO) was shot & killed outside her home in South Kashmir earlier today. I condemn this act of terror & extend my condolences to her family & all her J&K police colleagues.- Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 16, 2019
SPOs are engaged by the state police on fixed monthly remuneration to fight terrorism in the state. They are neither given training to handle firearms nor are weapons issued to them.
The SPOs represent the lowest rung of police officials below the state constabulary that is adequately trained to handle weapons and are also issued service weapons.
With inputs from IANS