Rukhsana, who gave up her studies two years ago after failing class tenth, was in her house in Shadhara village in Thana Mandi area of the district, when three militants barged in late Sunday night Sep 27, police in Rajouri said.
The militants demanded Rukhsana be handed over to them, which her father Noor Hussain, mother Rashida and brother Ejaz tried to resist. At this, the militants started hitting the family members with rifle butts.
The brave girl snatched the assault rifle from one of the terrorists, shot one to death, injured another and send the others running for their lives.
The militant, was later identified as Abu Osama of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), police said.
Police officials have commended Rukhsana's courage, while state Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda has sent a special message for Rukhsana and said she would soon be rewarded.