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.
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.
Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely
COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.
U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.
The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.
“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.