Veteran journalist and Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari and his PSO were shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside the newspaper's office in the heart of this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, police officials said today.
It was not immediately clear how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper.
In the statement issued police also sought the help of the general public to identify the suspects involved in today's terror attack at Press Enclave. Extremely shocked & pained at his death.
Dr Faisal extended his condolences to the bereaved family. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, "Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari".
Bullet marks are seen on the auto of Syed Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir daily newspaper, after unidentified gunmen attacked him outside his office in Srinagar, June 14, 2018.
The Editors Guild of India while condemning the attack called on the government to ensure safety and security for the media in the state.
The Press Club of India in Delhi said Bukhari's killing underlined the hard circumstances in which journalists operated.
The condition of the two injured in the shooting, which comes a day ahead of Eid, is critical, they said. Prayers & condolences for them & their families also on this awful night. "He will be missed". Today at about 7:30 pm when he was coming out of his office and boarding his auto, three terrorists came on a motorcycle and opened fire.
"The CPM tweeted, "#ShujaatBukhari was a highly respected voice of reason in Kashmir. "CPIM pays homage to his memory".
Robert Mohoney, deputy executive director for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) described the killing as a "blatant attack on the freedom of the press".
The Press Club of India called the murder a "mindless terror attack" while the National Union of Journalists (India) said it "joins its" Jammu and Kashmir unit "in strongly condemning the gruesome murder" of Bukhari.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also condemned the killing, saying he had a fearless heart.
Eyewitnesses said four terrorists wearing helmets and shalwar kameez appeared on two motorcycles outside the office of Rising Kashmir near Lal Chowk at 7.30pm just as Bukhari boarded his vehicle. Such inhumanity is unpardonable and condemned in strongest terms! Indeed darkest days for fearless & independent journalists in the country.