A policeman was shot dead on Friday in broad daylight in Pulwama, south Kashmir.

Deputy Inspector General of Police for South Kashmir Vijay Kumar said 55-year-old Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, an assistant sub-inspector of police and resident of Batmaloo area of Srinagar, was managing traffic when a suspected militant fired two shots at him from an AK-47 rifle. He died on the spot.

The DIG said two constables were on duty at a distance during the assault, which took place when hundreds of people were coming out of mosques after the Friday prayers.

Friday’s attack comes 10 months after a constable was gunned down at the same spot on July 3, 2012, as was another constable in Kulgam district.

Though no militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack, sources said a local unit of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen could have carried out the attack.