Sixth secular writer hacked to death by machete-wielding Islamists in Bangladesh

Sixth secular writer hacked to death by machete-wielding Islamists in Bangladesh
Bangladesh protest against killing of U.S. blogger Avijit Roy, Feb 2015. (Image: AFP, Munir Uz Zaman via Yahoo!)

[Ed. – Sensing a pattern here.]

Machete-wielding attackers struck in the capital of Bangladesh Wednesday night, killing 26-year-old secular writer Nazimuddin Samad.

Samad, described by Bangladesh police as a master’s student at Jagannath University, is the sixth secularist writer or publisher to have been murdered in Dhaka in the last 14 months. Police called the murder a pre-planned attack.

“He was on his way back home from his evening classes when he was circled by a group of three to four people,” Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Nurul Amin of the Dhaka Police, told CNN. …

Imran Sarker, who leads a blogging and online activist network in Bangladesh, described Samad as a “very active secular activist.”

“He was very vocal on issues of religious fundamentalism, war crimes, minority issues, corruption and injustice against women,” Sarker told CNN.

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