Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

“This is really shocking. He came to meet me a few days back. This is upsetting,” said Mehbooba Mufti

People carry the body of Syed Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir daily newspaper, who was killed by unidentified gunmen outside his office in Srinagar, June 14, 2018. His two personal security officers were killed too.

Waseem Ahmad, a local journalist, told Reuters that he heard gunfire ringing out and, reaching the location, found Bukhari and his two guards lying in a pool of blood in their vehicle.

Witnesses and police sources said a group of two to three gunmen fired indiscriminately at a Tata Hexa near Pratap Park in Lal Chowk, the commercial center of Srinagar city, at around 7:15 pm today, injuring all the three occupants of the SUV in what police described as "close range" attack. The other guard was critically injured. Mumtaz succumbed to injuries in the hospital in the evening.

Police said they were investigating the case and would soon find out who were behind the killing.

He added that he has spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and assured the killers would be punished. Talking to media, she said: "This is really shocking".

He is survived by parents, wife and two minor children, a girl and a boy. He was instrumental in organizing several conferences for Kashmir peace. After the attack, the paper decided it won't hit the stands on Friday, a staffer said. "The Editors Guild of India unequivocally condemns the assassination of Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari".

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Lashkar-e-Taiba has strongly condemned the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari even as it blamed "Indian" agencies "enmity" towards every individual who is "loyal to the freedom movement".

"A few minutes before leaving, he wanted an AC to be installed in the editor's office".

Human rights organisation Amnesty International wrote on their twitter account: We're deeply dismayed to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir. The shooting comes a day ahead of Eid. "After noticing some disturbance outside, we rushed down and saw that his vehicle had been attacked", said Faisul.

It was not immediately clear how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Special Correspondent in Jammu & Kashmir for more than a decade with professional integrity.

Another sub-editor in the paper said with shock and disbelief that he received an email from the chief editor 10 minutes before the attack took place.

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