The militants came looking for Siraj, Zareena's uncle who they believed to be an informer. Siraj escaped through the window and the militants killed the two women instead.
"The militants came and they (Shakeela and Zareena) stopped them at the door. By the time I jumped from the window and ran for life, militants fired at me but I survived. They entered in my house again and killed them," recalled Siraj Ahmad Gorsi.
Hours later, in another militant attack in Pulwama, a social worker Ghulam Nabi Wani was shot dead. He headed the managing committee of Madrasas but some say he was associated with the National Conference and that was why he was shot.
In the past two months, there had been a lull in militant activities as the civilian unrest took centrestage, but now these three deaths have come as a brutal reminder.
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