- The faces of all three suspects were hidden with helmets, cloth
- The terrorists were waiting for Shujaat Bukhari to come out
- After firing multiple shots, the terrorists escaped
Hours after senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead in the heart of Srinagar on Thursday evening, the police released security footage of three bikers believed to be the killers.
The faces of all three were obscured, either by a helmet or cloth, and the man in the middle held what appeared to be a sack of weapons.
Releasing the photos on Twitter, the police appealed for public help to help identify the killers. The identity of those providing information would be confidential, said the police.
Mr Bukhari, 50, was shot at close range when he was leaving his office in Press Colony in a relatively safer part of Srinagar, around 7.30 pm.
"They were shot before they could react," Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid told NDTV.
His two security guards were also killed in the attack. Mr Bukhari had been protected since 2000, when he survived an attempt to kill him.
The police say the killers had been waiting for Mr Bukhari to come out.
"They (the terrorists) chose the iftar time when everybody was rushing home. We will look into who these people are," Mr Vaid said.
On hearing the gunshots, other journalists ran to the spot and found Mr Bukhari's bloodied body slumped over a seat. His two guards were also in the car.
The attack took place hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a security review meeting for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage that starts later this month.