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Bukhari's killing an act of cowardice: Rajnath

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today condemned the killing of in Srinagar, calling it an act of cowardice.

The veteran and his PSO were shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside the newspaper's office in Press Enclave near Lal Chowk, today.

The also said that he was shocked by the journalist's death.

"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of He was a courageous and fearless Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said.

too condoled Bukhari's family and said he was fearlessly fighting for peace in the state,

"I'm anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, of @RisingKashmir. He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & My condolences to his family. He will be missed," Gandhi said in a tweet.

BJP also termed the journalist's killing as an cowardly act of terrorists.

In a tweet, the said, "Shocked to hear about d attack on d of in Reprehensible n condemnable cowardly act of d terrorists (sic)"

Former expressed shock over the incident of killing.

"Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time," Abdullah said in a tweet and also posted a screenshot of his last conversation with the deceased

He also appreciated Bukhari for defending his profession and said he died in the line of of duty doing what he did best & loved doing - journalism.

in a tweet said, "Deeply saddened to learn about the dastardly killing of @RisingKashmir #ShujaatBukhari. Such an attempt to suppress the sane voices by terrorists will never succeed."

for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore called Bukhari's killing as an attack on freedom of press.

He said, "Assassination of #ShujaatBukhari is a brutal attack on freedom of press. A cowardly and deplorable act of terror. Our is one of the greatest strength of our democracy and we are committed to provide a safe and conducive working environment to "

The in a tweet said, "The unequivocally condemns the assassination of Editor Shujaat Bukhari. This is a grave attack on press freedom and democratic voices. We will be issuing a more detailed statement soon.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 21:25 IST