The Jammu and Kashmir Police have identified the three motorcycle-borne killers of Rising Kashmir’s editor, Shujaat Bukhari. As reported by Indian Express, two of the attackers are local militants hailing from South Kashmir and another is a Pakistani national, Naveed Jatt.
“We have identified the attackers,” a top police officer privy to the investigation told The Indian Express. “Two of them are local militants from south Kashmir while the third one is from Pakistan”.
Naveed Jatt, a Pakistani militant who had escaped from police custody from Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in February this year. Jatt is associated with the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).
According to the Indian Express, Police sources have also identified the Pakistan-based blogger who had “started a smear campaign” against Bukhari. They say that the blogger is a militant from Srinagar, who is settled in Pakistan.
Police are likely to address a press conference on Wednesday evening to reveal the details about the case.
Bukhari was assassinated on June 14 by gunmen outside his office in Srinagar, a day before Eid and few minutes before Iftaar. Bukhari succumbed to his injuries and was declared brought dead at the hospital.