Senior journalist and Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari was on Thursday shot dead in Srinagar by unidentified assailants. 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 Chawk in Srinagar, following which he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His personal security officer also 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, which comes a day ahead of Eid, 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. Shujaat Bukhari was earlier attacked in 2000, following which he was given police protection.
Earlier when reports of the attack on the veteran journalist came in, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said tha...