Incident Summary:

01/31/2019: Assailants abducted Ishrat Muneer Bhat, a civilian, in Zainapora, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Bhat was shot and killed shortly after the kidnapping. Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Bhat was targeted because the group suspected that she had given information to the security forces that led to the killing of her cousin and HM member, Zeenat-ul-Islam.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Ishrat Muneer Bhat
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Jammu and Kashmir: Militants kill woman, put video up on social media," Indian Express, February 2, 2019.
"Dead body recovered in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian," Times of India, February 1, 2019.
"In gruesome video, Kashmir woman shot at point blank range," Hindustan Times, February 1, 2019.