Suspected militants shot dead a labourer in Kashmir’s Budgam district on Thursday night. Another worker was injured in the attack and has been taken to a hospital, the police said.

The deceased person, Dilkhush Kumar, was a resident of Arnia village in Bihar and was employed at a brick kiln at Magraypora Chadoora area of Budgam. On Thursday night, the militants opened fire at Kumar and his co-worker Rajan, a resident of Punjab, police said.

The labourers were taken to a hospital after the attack where Kumar succumbed to his injuries.

The attack comes hours after a bank manager was shot dead by militants in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Vijay Kumar, a resident of Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh city, was shot inside the premises of the Ellaqui Dehati Bank. He succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

Since January, at least 18 targeted killings, including those of police officials, teachers and village heads, have been reported in Kashmir. Of these, 12 were civilians – five were Hindus and seven were Kashmiri Muslims.

Many of them were shot point-blank in their homes or workplace.