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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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167 people killed in India monsoon floods

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NEW DELHI — At least 167 people have been killed and more than one lakh people forced to live in relief camps across the Indian state of Kerala after monsoon floods badly hit the state.

While torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslips have cut off vast swathes of land in the state, the Kochi International Airport has been shut till Aug 26 and Southern Railway and Kochi Metro have suspended their operations.

Tens of thousands of people in the state have been stranded by extensive flooding as the death toll from the torrential monsoon continues to climb, according to officials.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said 167 people have died in the state — more than 100 of them in the last 36 hours — and issued a fresh rain alert for the battered state.

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Rescue efforts have been progressing on a war footing and Mr Vijayan’s office said he had spoken to PM Modi again this morning. Four aircraft and three Coast Guard ships have been brought in to rescue people marooned in areas cut off by vast stretches of water.

The state’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Twitter that 25 boats with members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were sent to Pathanamthitta, central Kerala, and all the boats, including fishing boats, would be used to expedite rescue operations in flooded areas.

he further warned of a grimmer situation as more rain has been forecast till Saturday. “The Centre has sanctioned more men and material,” Vijayan said after a conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Central leaders.

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