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52-year-old journalist Shujaat Bukhari — founder and editor of the English-language daily paper Rising Kashmir — was reportedly murdered by three motorcycle-riding gunmen outside his office in the city center of Lal Chowk on Thursday evening.
Bukhari had just climbed into his car when the assailants drove up and fired several shots at close range, killing the journalist and the two armed police officers assigned to protect him. Bukhari has been given police protection ever since a prior assassination attempt in 2002. He was also abducted by gunmen in 2006, surviving only because the gun jammed when his kidnappers tried to execute him.
NDTV - Notes - Bukhari - Publications - Twitter
NDTV notes that one of Bukhari’s last publications was a Twitter post mourning the killing of policemen in southern Kashmir. “Violence must stop to create a space for dialogue,” he wrote.
Bukhari had participated in peace talks between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region. Just a few hours before his murder, he supported a call by the U.N. human rights office to investigate abuses committed by both Indian and Pakistani forces in Kashmir.
Bukhari - Muslim - Way - Dinner - End
Bukhari, a Muslim, was on his way to a dinner commemorating the end of Ramadan when he was killed. Extremist groups in Kashmir have denounced a ceasefire meant to coincide with Ramadan; if anything, militants stepped up violent attacks throughout the month.
Four suspects were soon arrested in connection with Bukhari’s assassination, one of them a man named Zubair Qayoom who was caught on camera checking the dead bodies inside Bukhari’s car after the shooting and absconding with a gun. The police have not confirmed Qayoom is a suspect in the murders as opposed to a passerby who pillaged the crime scene, but they said he has not given “convincing answers” to their questions.
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