Srinagar: Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead outside his office located in the heart of Srinagar on Thursday evening.
“Terrorists attack editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper Shujaat Bukhari in Press Colony in Srinagar city,” news agency ANI informed in a tweet.
The veteran journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir was attacked when he was leaving his office in Press Colony in the city to attend an Iftar party. He was in his car when he was hit by multiple bullets fired at a close range. Two security guards protecting him were also shot at and are stated to be critical.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed their shock over the attack.
“Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family,” the CM wrote on her Twitter handle.
Former CM Abdullah twitted, “Inna lilahi wa inna illahi rajiuun. Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time.”