Gunmen kill newspaper editor, two security guards in occupied Kashmir

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 15, 2018

That's how the friends and colleagues of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead at Srinagar Press Colony on Thursday, described him.

Bukhari was targeted by unknown gunmen outside his office in Press Avenue in Srinagar.

Shujaat Bukhari was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000.

He was taken to hospital but was later declared dead. However, another security guard later succumbed to his injuries, the police said. The incident happened when Bukhari was leaving his office for an Iftar party. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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"This has devastated the whole journalist fraternity in the region".

One of his last tweets read: "First-ever @UNHumanRights report on #Kashmir calls for #international inquiry into multiple violations". "This highlights how much hard conditions journalists are working in Kashmir".

It was not immediately clear how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper. Mr Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper, was shot at close range in the attack in which his two security officers were also killed. Political parties and journalists condemned the killing. The scribes from across the country expressed shock after the attack. The attack coincided with the United Nations Human Rights calling for worldwide inquiry into multiple violations in Jammu and Kashmir in its first ever report on Kashmir. "Authorities must turn this rising tide of risks by thoroughly investigating this murder and holding the perpetrators to account".

"It is also why I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent worldwide investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir", said Zeid.

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