Second blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh for criticism of Islam

Second blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh for criticism of Islam
Bangladesh protest against killing of U.S. blogger Avijit Roy, Feb 2015. (Image: AFP, Munir Uz Zaman via Yahoo!)

A Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death in Dhaka on Monday, the second such attack on a critic of religious fundamentalism in the mainly Muslim country in less than two months.

Three knife-wielding attackers set upon 27-year-old Washiqur Rahman near his home on Monday morning, weeks after the murder of an American atheist blogger in Dhaka triggered international outrage.

Police said they had arrested two suspects at the scene and retrieved three knives, but a third escaped.

Deputy commissioner Wahidul Islam said Rahman had been “brutally hacked to death”.

“They hacked him in his head and neck with big knives and once he fell on the ground they then hacked his body,” he said. …

Deputy police commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarker told AFP the motive for the killing appeared to be “ideological” differences with fundamentalist groups in Bangladesh.

“So far what we’ve gathered after primary interrogation of the two suspects is that they killed him him because he criticised hardline Islamists,” he said.

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