New Delhi, June 27: In a major breakthrough in the Shujat Bukhari murder case, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has identified the attackers who killed the Rising Kashmir editor on June 14.Also Read - Lashkar's Naveed Jatt Spotted at Slain Militant's Funeral in J&K's Shopian
IANS quoted police sources saying that two of the attackers are from South Kashmir and another is a Pakistani national. Also Read - Shujaat Bukhari Murder Case: J&K Police Releases Photographs of Four Accused Belonging to LeT, Says Pakistan Behind Conspiracy
The Pakistani militant involved in the attack has been identified as Naveed Jatt, who escaped from police custody from Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital in February this year. Naveed is associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). Also Read - BJP Ends Alliance With PDP in Jammu And Kashmir Live News Updates
The state police said that the blogger who had started a social media campaign against Bukhari has also been identified. He is a militant from Srinagar, who is settled in Pakistan.
Bukhari was killed on June 14 by three men outside his office in Srinagar’s press enclave. Two of Bukhari’s PSOs were also killed in the attack.
The development comes a day after a senior police official of Jammu and Kashmir said that Shujaat, the editor of Rising Kashmir, was gunned down by terrorists on instructions from across the border.
Earlier, it was reported that Hurriyat, Pakistan’s ISI and LeT may be behind Bukhari’s killing as the latter had refused to back their opposition of the “Ramzan ceasefire” and peace talks in the Valley.