Shujaat Bukhari, Editor in Chief of "Rising Kashmir" gunned down in Srinagar
SRINAGAR - Senior journalist and Rising Kashmir Editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari has been gunned down in Srinagar, according to reports.
According to reports, Bukhari’s personal security officer also got critically injured in the attack.
Bukhari was attacked by armed assailants in Press Colony near Lal Chowk in Srinagar, following which he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His personal security officer also later died in the attack.
According to officials, Bukhari, who was in his 50s, was leaving his office for an iftar party when he was shot. While one of the personal security officers guarding him was killed, another policeman and a civilian were injured in the attack.
The condition of the two injured in the shooting is critical.
It was not immediately clear as to how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Kashmir correspondent. Bukhari was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley.
He was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan.
This was not the first attempt of the life of the veteran Kashmiri journalist. Bukhari was earlier attacked in 2000, following which he was given police protection.