Shujaat Bukhari was shot by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar.
Senior journalist and Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari and his PSO were shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside the newspaper's office in the heart of this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital.
Shujaat Bukhari, who was in his 50s, was leaving his office in Press Enclave in the city centre Lal Chowk for an iftar party when he was shot, officials said.
While one of the personal security officers (PSO) guarding him was killed, another policeman and a civilian were injured, they added.
The condition of the two injured in the shooting, which comes a day ahead of Eid, is critical, they said.
Here are the highlights on this developing incident:
Kolkata Press Club statement
While the rider was wearing a helmet, the other two men were wearing masks to hide their identity. They can be seen carrying guns hidden in a sack.
The police say the killers were waiting for Shujaat Bukhari to come out of the building and it appeared to be a planned attack.
The police say the killers were waiting for Shujaat Bukhari to come out of the building and it appeared to be a planned attack. It was not clear, however, who were responsible for the attack, Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid told NDTV.
Mr Bukhari was shot at close range in the attack in which his two security officers were also killed.
Shujaat Bukhari was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000. He was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir valley. He was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan.
"He has been threatened in the past too. He was hit with multiple bullets. Passed away instantly. His body was brought to Police Control Room hospital. There were no attack on journalists for a pretty long time. This has come as a big shock, journalists working in tough conditions. I was targeted years ago, in office. They were waiting to kill him, they weren't warning shots. He had fixed his time according to Iftaar, terrorists fired at him with an aim to kill him. Nobody knows when journalist might be attacked," says NDTV's Zaffar Iqbal.
The Press Club of India strongly condemned Mr Bukhari's killing.
"Press Club of India is shocked and saddened by this mindless terror attack that claimed the life of Shujaat Bukhari in the holy month of Ramzan... [it] shows that lives of journalists are not at all safe. Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace," it said in a statement.
He was hit with multiple bullets from close range Area where Mr Bukhari was shot dead by terrorists
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.
Sources say Rajnath Singh's peace initiative in Kashmir, a ceasefire, may not extend beyond Ramzan, which is expected to end with Eid tomorrow.
Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief SP Vaid reacts on Mr Bukhari's death
- It's a very unfortunate incident.
- Today at about 7:30 pm when he was coming out of his office and boarding his car, three terrorists came on a motorcycle and opened fire. Two of his PSOs (personal security officers) were also hit and one of them is no more the other is under treatment. They were shot before they could react.
- They (the terrorists) chose the Iftaar time when everybody was rushing home. We will look into who these people are
He was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley. He was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan.
Shujaat Bukhari was leaving his office in Press Enclave in the city centre Lal Chowk for an iftar party when he was shot, PTI says.
News agency PTI says that Shujaat Bukhari's PSO has also died
Shujaat Bukhari was under police protection since 2000.
The journalist and his two security guards had been taken to the hospital.
Shujaat Bukhar died after being attacked outside his office at the Press Colony in Srinagar. He was reportedly hit by multiple bullets.