Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Shujaat Bukhari killing: Jammu and Kashmir Police releases pictures of suspected attackers

Shujaat Bukhari killing: Jammu and Kashmir Police releases pictures of suspected attackers

Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir, one of the region's leading newspapers, was killed as he was leaving the paper's office in downtown Srinagar, when the gunmen attacked his vehicle.

Earlier in the day, terrorists kidnapped an Army jawan from Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A journalist for nearly three decades, Bukhari was sacked at from close range outside his office in Srinagar's busy Lal Chowk at around 7:15 pm when he was leaving for home in his auto - minutes before Iftar.

"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards". "After killing him, terrorists fled from the spot while Bukhari and his PSO were rushed to SMHS hospital where both of them declared brought dead, while a civilian was also injured in the attack", he said.

The city's police said they have been able to obtain photos from CCTV footage of the suspects involved in the attack in Press Colony that killed the respected journalist.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Shujaat's family members in the hospital last night.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also expressed shock at the gruesome murder of this senior Kashmiri journalist.

India's interior minister Rajnath Singh called Bukhari's killing "an act of cowardice", while Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the country's main opposition Congress party, tweeted that Bukhari was "a courageous heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace". Separatists have condemned Bukhari's killing, terming it barbaric and unpardonable. Bukhari, who is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter, was an advocate of peace and favoured peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. The strapline said, "Fearless journalist pays price for upholding the truth". We thought it to be crackers being burst ahead of Eid.

India has about 500,000 soldiers in the part of Kashmir it controls, where armed groups are fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan. Bukhari worked for "The Hindu" as its Kashmir correspondent for several years before launching Rising Kashmir 10 years ago.

"Deeply saddened and shocked by tragic news of Shujaat Bukharis killing!" The attack took place place reportedly on Thursday evening. In a condolence message, the chief minister described the killing of Bukhari as highly barbaric, deplorable and condemnable. However, no militant organisation has claimed responsibility for the killing.

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