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Shujaat Bukhari, Abdul Hamid Tunch, Mumtaz Awan

14 June 2018

The prominent journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir daily was shot dead outside his newspaper office in Srinagar, India by unidentified gunmen.

Bukhari was attacked in his car outside his office and received multiple bullets in his head and abdomen. The attackers fled the scene firing multiple indiscreetly at him, his guard and the driver. He was declared brought dead at the hospital. His security guard was also killed in the attack while the driver is receiving treatment.

Bukhari has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He established Rising Kashmir daily in March, 2008 after having served The Hindu daily for 15 years. He had survived a couple of murder attempts earlier and was provided police protection since 2010 when he was last attacked. Two protection officers who were assigned to his security, Abdul Hamid Tunch and Mumtaz Awan, were also killed in the shooting.