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Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh

There have been systematic assaults in Bangladesh in recent months specially targeting minorities, secular bloggers, intellectuals and foreigners.

By: PTI | Dhaka | Updated: July 1, 2016 10:01:46 am

A Hindu priest was hacked to death on Friday in Bangladesh by unidentified machete-wielding assailants, the latest murder in the Muslim-majority nation which has seen a string of brutal attacks on minorities and secular activists by Islamists.

Shymanondo Das was attacked around 6:30am in Jhenaidah.

“Shymanondo was collecting flowers for worship when three assailants riding on a motorcycle attacked him with a machete,” Jhenaidah police station officer-in-charge Hasan Hazijur Rahman said.

“They hacked him mercilessly and fled the scene,” Dhaka Tribune quoted him as saying.

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There have been systematic assaults in Bangladesh in recent months specially targeting minorities, secular bloggers, intellectuals and foreigners.

On Jun 7, a 65-year-old Hindu priest was killed by three bike-borne assailants in western Jhinaigah district while he was on his way to a temple.

A Christian businessman was hacked to death on Jun 5 by unidentified machete-wielding men near a church, hours after the wife of the top anti-terror police officer was shot dead by religious extremists.

In February, militants stabbed to death a Hindu priest at a temple in Bangladesh and shot and wounded a devotee who went to his aid.

In April, a liberal professor was brutally hacked to death by machete-wielding ISIS militants who slit his throat near his home in Rajshahi city. In the same month, a Hindu tailor was also hacked to death by ISIS militants in his shop and Bangladesh’s first gay magazine editor was brutally murdered along with a friend in his flat in Dhaka by  Islamists.

The ISIS and al-Qaeda in Indian Peninsula have claimed responsibility for some of the attacks although the government denies their presence in Bangladesh.

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