Journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

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The Editor-in-Chief of "Rising Kashmir" was killed when he had just left his office in Press Enclave and was heading to an Iftar party. Bukhari and his two personal security officers (PSOs) were fired upon indiscriminately by unidentified gunmen after he left the office around 7 pm on Thursday.

Bukhari started his career as a young reporter with Kashmir Times and moved to The Hindu in the 1990s. His write-ups on Kashmir conflict also featured in national and foreign media houses, including fortnightly magazine Frontline and BBC. His last rites were performed in Kashmir's Baramulla on Friday morning.

"Killing of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari is act of cowardice". He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Bukhari was considered close to the power centres in the state. It is one of the most militarised zones in the world.

Here is how politicians and other journalists are mourning Bukhari. All anti-India forces are attacking journalist. At the end two more Kashmiris lose lives.

Prominent Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi tweeted that Bukhari was a "voice of truth and reason and decency". The attack coincided with the United Nations Human Rights calling for worldwide inquiry into multiple violations in Jammu and Kashmir in its first ever report on Kashmir.

His killing is third such tragic incident in Srinagar's Press Colony.

In February 2003, Parvaz Muhammad Sultan, who ran a local news agency, was killed in his office, again in Srinagar's Press Enclave.

Former chief minister condemned the attack on Bhukhari.

A police official at the scene said: "It appears to be a very well-planned attack". "It was a targeted killing". He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed, a police spokesperson said.

The assailants opened fire on Bukhari's vehicle on Thursday evening.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, "Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari". Leaving from there, Mehbooba broke down while recalling her recent meeting with Bukhari. "It's really shocking. This is the situation of journalists in Kashmir". What can I say? "He died in the line of duty doing what he did best & loved doing - journalism". Such inhumanity is unpardonable and condemned in the strongest terms! "We offer honest condolences to families, friends, & colleagues", tweeted USA ambassador to India Kenneth Juster.

The killing has sent shockwaves across the journalistic fraternity.

"Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat's killing".

No group has so far claimed responsibility.