Noted Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Noted Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Srinagar, June 14 (BBC):  A leading newspaper journalist and editor in Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, and his guard were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar on Thursday.

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.

In an article for the BBC in 2016, Bukhari wrote: “Threats to life, intimidation, assault, arrest and censorship have been part of the life of a typical local journalist.” .

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.