The attackers fired "from a close range", the police said.
The 50-year-old journalist was a popular commentator on Indian TV channels. "My deepest condolences to his family (sic)", she tweeted.
Bukhari and his two PSOs were shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside Rising Kashmir office in Press Enclave near the city centre Lal Chowk here in Srinagar shortly before the "Iftaar" yesterday evening. He was a globe-trotter, travelling frequently even to Pakistan, and is believed to have engaged in some "peace initiative" on Kashmir. The Rising Kashmir was one among many newspapers which have faced censorship in the past. Prior to Sultan, in 1995, cameraman Mushtaq Ali was killed in a parcel bomb attack that was intended at former BBC correspondent Yusuf Jameel who, however, escaped with injuries. Separatists have condemned Bukhari's killing, terming it barbaric and unpardonable. "He would often fight for the issues of people through his columns and various discussions but alas this voice of people stands silenced today brutally", she added in her message.
The inside pages of the Rising Kashmir carried stories on the government's reaction, Pakistan's condemnation of the assassination, and a small piece on one of his last tweets that read, "First-ever @UNHumanRights report on #Kashmir calls for #international inquiry into multiple violations". "I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence".
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"In connection with today's terror attack at Srinagar, police requests general public to identify the suspects for the goal of the police investigation", the J&K Police said in a statement. "Justice will be done", she said. Recalling Bukhari's standing as a veteran journalist, the Governor described his murder as a big loss to the media fraternity.
A known literary and cultural activist, Bukhari served as the president of Adabi Markaz Kamraz, a literary forum that works for the promotion of Kashmiri language.
Human rights organisation Amnesty International wrote on their twitter account: We're deeply dismayed to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir. The soldier was part of the counter-insurgency group that killed Hizb commander Sameer Tiger in April.