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Newspaper editor Bukhari shot dead in J&K

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SRINAGAR — Senior journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, was shot dead by unknown 3-4 armed assailants at the Press Enclave in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar.

Bukhari, 49, was shifted to a hospital, along with two of his Personal Security Officers, where all three succumbed to their injuries, according to media reports.

Jammu and Kashmir police said that a preliminary investigation has indicated that it was a terror attack but further probe is underway.

Eyewitnesses told the local meadia that four terrorists wearing helmets and shalwar kameez appeared on two motorcycles outside the office of Rising Kashmir near Lal Chowk at 7.30pm just as Bukhari boarded his vehicle.

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Police sources said Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari was leaving his office in Press Colony at Lal Chowk around 7 pm to go home for iftar when motorbike-borne gunmen fired indiscriminately on his vehicle, killing him on the spot.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack.

The bullet-ridden body of an Army jawan who was abducted earlier in the day was also recovered from a village in Pulwama district.

Bukhari’s killing, and that of the Army jawan, Aurangzeb, comes just two days before the Centre’s ‘unilateral ceasefire’ against militants is scheduled to end amid extensive debate on whether it should be extended.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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