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Terrorists kill 'Rising Kashmir' editor Shujaat Bukhari in J&K

File photo of Shujaat Bukhari. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team Jammu and Kashmir Jun 14, 2018, 07.56 PM (IST)

Editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, Shujaat Bukhari, was shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Bukhari was attacked in Press Colony in Srinagar from where he was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

While one PSO of the editor is also killed in the attack, another PSO is critically injured.

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah reacted to the attack on Twitter. He tweeted, "I’m in complete shock. Hearing the worst but hoping for the best. @bukharishujaat please pull through this".

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also reacted to his death on Twitter. She wrote, "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".

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Union Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, "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."

Bukhari earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Kashmir correspondent. 

He was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley. He was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan. 

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Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore responded to his death by saying, "This is a shameful act. Media is free in India. The state govt & the central govt are committed for the freedom of press in the country & the state".

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, 'I’m anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of Rising Kashmir. He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed."

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(With input from Agencies)

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