Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar
A leading newspaper journalist and editor in Indian-administered Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar.Bukhari, a frequent contributor to the BBC News website, was attacked in his car near the office of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, which he edited.He was taken to hospital but was later declared dead. One of his guards was also killed in the attack and another is critically injured, police told the BBC.No group has claimed the killings but police say militants are suspected to have carried out the attack.Bukhari described the threat to Kashmiri journalists in a 2016 article for BBC News.”Threats to life, intimidation, assault, arrest and censorship have been part of the life of a typical local journalist,” he wrote.He was well-known in Kashmir and was previously a correspondent for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. He was in his early 50s and is survived by his wife, son, daughter and parents.Read articles by Shujaat Bukhari for BBC News:My Kashmir newspaper has been shut down, and I’m not surprised
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India’s Interior Minister Rajnath Singh described him as a courageous and fearless journalist.
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The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 14, 2018
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BBC colleagues in India paid tribute.
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Devastated to hear about the killing of @bukharishujaat – a fabulous, brave journalist who was also such a decent man and a good friend. Cannot quite come to terms with it.— Sanjoy Majumder (@BBCSanjoyM) June 14, 2018
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Utterly heartbreaking news from Kashmir. RIP Shujaatsaab. https://t.co/WhHk7anOFl— Yogita Limaye (@yogital) June 14, 2018
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The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan for decades. It is one of the most militarised zones in the world.The killing came hours after the UN’s human rights office called for an independent inquiry into human rights violations in both parts of Kashmir, run respectively by India and Pakistan.Kashmir territories profile
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