Gauri Lankesh, a 55-year-old prominent journalist, has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, India.
Lankesh was found lying in a pool of blood on her doorstep in the city of Bangalore. She was said to have been shot in the head and chest by her attackers, who arrived by motorcycle.
The deceased had returned home in her car on Tuesday night and was opening the gate when the attackers shot her, police said. She died on the spot.
Officials said they suspected she had been under surveillance by the gunmen. The motive for the crime was not clear.
However, an investigation has been opened into the matter.
Lankesh was subsequently buried with full state honours. The chief minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, was among those who attended the funeral.
There were also protests against her killing in several Indian cities, including the capital, Delhi.
Lankesh killing follows several assassinations of outspoken secularists or rationalists in recent years, including scholar, Malleshappa Kalburgi anti-superstition activist, Narendra Dabholka, and author-politician Govind Pansare.