The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the killing of a university professor in northwest Bangladesh yesterday, heightening concerns about the rise of radicalism in the South Asian country.
Rezaul Karim Siddique, an English professor at the University of Rajshahi, was attacked yesterday morning as he waited for a bus near his home in the town of Rajshahi. Police said two men on a motorcycle struck Mr Siddique, 58, with machetes and left him bleeding on the ground.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the killing of Professor Siddique through its news agency, Amaq, said the SITE intelligence group, which monitors the activity of extremist groups. Islamic State said in a statement that its fighters had killed the professor because he was “calling to atheism,” SITE said.
The method used by the assailants was similar to recent attacks on secular and atheist bloggers around the country, said Muhammad Shamsuddin, commissioner of police in Rajshahi.