Senior journalist Sujahat Bukhari was killed and his Special Police Officer critically injured when unidentified gunmen fired at them this evening in the heart of J&K's summer capital.
Official sources said Bukhari, editor of English daily 'Rising Kashmir' was boarding his vehicle at Press Enclave office of his newspaper near here at the time of the attack.
Bukhari, brother of state Minister Basharat Bukhari, was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, '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.'National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah also expressed shock over the attack. 'Inna lilahi wa inna illahi rajiuun. Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time," Mr Abdullah, a former chief minister of the state, wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
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