Journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

“This is really shocking. He came to meet me a few days back. This is upsetting,” said Mehbooba Mufti

“This is really shocking. He came to meet me a few days back. This is upsetting,” said Mehbooba Mufti

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have released images of the men suspected to have killed Bukhari.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said publishing the daily despite Bukhari's killing is the most fitting tribute to him as it was what the late journalist would have wanted to.

Bukhari, who was given police protection following an attack on him 18 years ago, was hit by multiple bullets fired at a close range, Ismail said. Other journalists, politicians, friends and well-wishers of Bukhari thereafter took to Twitter to pay their respects to him as well as condemn the act.

Known for encouraging young and budding journalists in Kashmir, Bukhari, an avid social media user, would often talk about the threat to Kashmir journalism in a conflict situation.

Shehla, who also hails from Kashmir tweeted, "Shujaat sahab's funeral prayers will be offered in a while".

The FO spokesperson said that "Bukhari's targeted killing within hours of his tweet on the OHCHR report on Jammu & Kashmir - awful coincidence, raises serious questions - India should investigate and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice".

In the statement, the Guild called upon the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure the safety and security of media personnel in the state.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead a veteran journalist and his police bodyguard on Thursday in Srinagar, the disputed region's main city, police and witnesses said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed shock.

Preliminary investigation by the state police indicates that Bukhari's brutal killing was a terror attack.

"Ramzan is the holy month for Muslims so the Indian government had chose to announce suspension of operations during this period as a goodwill gesture. It's really shocking. This is the situation of journalists in Kashmir".

The Press Club of India also "strongly condemned" the killing in the holy month of Ramadan and said that "forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley had silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace".

Militant groups in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir have fought a three-decade insurgency against India and its perceived allies but none claimed responsibility for the attack.

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