Suspected militants on Sunday shot dead a shopkeeper in Sopore, the third such killing within the span of a week in the north Kashmir town.
According to police, unidentified gunmen shot at and critically injured Mehrajuddin Dar, a poultry dealer, near his shop at Badamibagh in Sopore town, 52-km from here.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, they added.
No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
This is the third killing in Sopore town in the last seven days with security agencies saying that the acts are being carried out by a splinter group of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Suspected ultras shot dead a shopkeeper on Friday night while a government employee, who was an activist of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, was killed on Tuesday.