Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari including his guard assassinated in Srinagar

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ISLAMABAD (ENNS) Leading newspaper journalist and editor in Indian-occupied Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar on Thursday.

Bukhari was attacked in his car 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 media.

No group has claimed the killings but police say militants are suspected to have 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.

He last week visited Islamabad and had addressed a seminar as well. Hamid Mir, Pakistan Federal union of Journalists leader Lala Asad Pathan, Lala Hassan and others have expressed deep grief and concerns on the killing of the journalist.

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