LAHORE - A nine-month pregnant woman who was shot in the head by robbers died in the Services Hospital after delivering a baby girl late Monday night.

The infant was on the ventilator at Services Hospital, while the woman’s body was moved to the morgue for an autopsy yesterday. Police sources said two gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened straight fire on Amna Bibi as she offered resistance during a robbery attempt.

The 23-year-old lady along with her husband was on the way home when two motorcyclists intercepted their car near Zaman Park on the Sundas Daas Road. There was no police patrol in the vicinity when the robbers rounded up the car-riding couple.

Muhammad Usman told the police that his wife fought back when robbers tried to snatch her jewellery at gunpoint. “One of the motorcyclists shot her in the head as she refused to hand over jewellery,” an official quoted her husband as telling police investigators.

According to the victim’s spouse, he immediately stopped the vehicle as robbers opened warning shots after a brief chase. “When the couple handed over mobile phones and cash, the bandits also demanded jewellery,” said a police source who is part of the investigation. One of the motorcyclists opened fire with a pistol as the couple offered resistance.

“The young lady was shot in the leg, ribs, and in the head. She was rushed to the Services hospital where died after delivering a daughter,” a police officer said.

The brutal killing amid road robbery sparked anger and terror in the populated locality. Many people gathered outside the victims’ house located Inside Mochi Gate to condemn the brutal gun-attack by desperate bandits.

They said that the government failed to provide protection to the lives and property of the people. “The law and order situation is worsening. Nobody is safe in this society where criminals and terrorists are killing citizens,” said Muhammad Ashfaq, a resident of Akbari Mandi.

Police officials said that two special teams were working on the case to unearth the killers. The police are also searching the mobile phone records of the victims to trace the criminals.

Forensic experts were seen collecting evidences from the crime scene.

A duty-officer at the Race Course police station said that a murder-cum-robbery case was registered under section 302, 392 of the PPC against two unidentified motorcyclists. Further investigations were underway.