Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday claimed to have identified the attackers who killed senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari on June 14, The Indian Express reported.
The report quoting police sources said that two of the attackers belonged to South Kashmir and another is a Pakistani national.
“We have identified the attackers,” a top police officer privy to the investigation was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. “Two of them are local militants from south Kashmir while the third one is from Pakistan”.
The Pakistani militant involved in the attack is Naveed Jatt associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba, who escaped from police custody from Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in February this year, the report by Indian express said
The report while quoting police is also said to have identified the Pakistan-based blogger who had “started a smear campaign” against Bukhari.
The blogger has been identified as a militant from Srinagar, who is settled in Pakistan.
Police are likely to address a press conference to reveal the details about the case.
Bukhari, a senior journalist and Chief Editor of Rising Kashmir, 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.
Soon after the attack, police released CCTV grabs of the attackers, who were riding a motorcycle. While one of the attackers was wearing a helmet, the other had worn a mask.
Police later arrested a youth who had stolen the pistol from one of Bukhari’s guards. However, later police said that the youth Zubair Qadri was a drug addict had no role in attack.
While police blamed Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) for the attack, Lashkar has denied its role in the attack terming it an act of “Indian agencies”.