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.
7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar
NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.
The injured are being transported to local hospitals.
The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.
Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.