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Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinigar

Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinigar

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A leading newspaper journalist and editor in Indian-administered Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, has been shot dead in Srinigar.

Bukhari, a frequent contributor to the BBC News website, was attacked 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 suspected militants 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.

India's Interior Minister Rajnath Singh described him as a courageous and fearless journalist.

Skip Twitter post by @rajnathsingh

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


End of Twitter post by @rajnathsingh

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.

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