Senior journalist Shujat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 15, 2018 02:06 hrs
Senior journalist Shujat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Srinagar: Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office here, police said.

Militants fired from close range at Bukhari outside his office in the Press Enclave area of Residency Road here, critically injuring him, his driver and a security guard, police sources said.

All the three injured were shifted to hospital, where Bukhari and his driver were declared dead by doctors and the security guard is critical, the sources said.

State police chief S.P. Vaid said that it was around 7.15 pm, the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was boarding his car when he was attacked by militants.

"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured," he said.

Meanwhile, the state police department has released CCTV footage of the suspects and has provided contact numbers for those who can provide any information regarding the suspected killers.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed shock at the killing.

She tweeted:

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also expressed shock at the gruesome murder of this senior Kashmiri journalist. Reciting the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, he said:

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed shock at the incident.

The murder also sent shock waves in the media fraternity.

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