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Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday sought the help of the general public to identify one more suspect in the murder of Journalist Shujaat Bukhari who was shot and killed in an audacious attack in the Press Avenue in Srinagar.

Militants fired from close range at Bukhari outside his office in the Press Enclave area of Residency Road here, critically injuring him, his driver and a security guard, police sources said.

The gunmen fled from the spot while Bukhari and his PSO were removed to SMHS hospital where both of them declared brought dead, they said.

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.

The authorities have released the CCTV footage of three militants believed to be the Bukhari's killers.

Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir, one of the region's leading newspapers, was killed as he was leaving the paper's office in downtown Srinagar, when the gunmen attacked his vehicle.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed their shock on social media.

The separatists have also condemned his killing terming it barbaric and unpardonable.

Last evening, the National Conference leader learned, shocked "beyond words", that Bukhari had been killed by gunmen in Srinagar.

Bukhari's final tweet, sent just a few hours before his murder, was a link to his website┬┤s reporting of the United Nations human rights chief calling for a major investigation into abuses committed by India in Kashmir. It reflects the state's abject failure to provide security to moderates like Bukhari, who was a known supporter of intra-state and inter-state dialogue and negotiation over Kashmir. "My deepest condolences to his family", Mehbooba tweeted. All anti-India forces are attacking journalist.

"It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir", he tweeted.

Bukhari and his two security guards, Hameed Chowdhary and Mumtaz Awan, were killed in this attack after which the assassins escaped. He was a globe-trotter, travelling frequently even to Pakistan, and is believed to have engaged in some "peace initiative" on Kashmir. "It's really shocking. This is the situation of journalists in Kashmir".


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