NOWSHERA - Gunman shot dead a woman serving as a nurse at District Headquarters Hospital Nowshera here in Hakeemabad area on Saturday.

Farzana Kausar, a nurse at DHQ Hospital Nowshera, was boarding a van along with other nurses when a masked man sprayed bullets and killed her on the spot. The culprit fled from the scene after committing the crime.

The body of the nurse was shifted to hospital for medico-legal formalities and later handed over to the heirs after post-mortem.

Medical Superintendent of the hospital Akbar Khaksar said the incident appears to be an outcome of target killing. Police, however, said the motive behind murder was enmity. Meanwhile, nurses and staff of DHQ Hospital Nowshera staged demonstration against the killing demanding security for staff, besides arresting the murderers.