Bangladesh: Another secular blogger — the fourth this year — was hacked to death by machete-wielding assassins at his Dhaka home on Friday. Niladri Chatterjee, who wrote under the pen-name Niloy Neel, was killed by the al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent (AQIS), that has previously claimed the deaths of 6 other bloggers, including Avijit Roy, the Dhaka Tribune reported. On August 3 a Facebook post had warned that his name had been mentioned as anti-Islam in a radical Islamist blog.
Afghanistan: Barely a week after the Taliban confirmed the death of its long-time leader, Mullah Omar, a series of bombings claimed at least 50 lives in central Kabul on Friday. Hundreds more were injured in the residential zone and several buildings were destroyed. The first attack, a powerful truck bomb, killed 10 civilians. Another attack, less than 24 hours later, struck the entrance of the Kabul Police Academy, killing nearly 40 cadets.
Syria: The Islamic State has allegedly kidnapped about 230 civilians, including 150 Assyrian Christians, after seizing a key town in the central Homs province from forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad. A Syrian Observatory said that those abducted were wanted for “collaborating with the regime”. The abductions come amid US-led airstrikes, and gains by both Kurdish fighters and allied Iraqi forces.
Nigeria: Faced with a six-year Boko Haram insurgency, Nigeria has decided to establish a domestic weapons factory in an effort to cut its dependence on imported arms, President Muhammadu Buhari said last week. Currently Nigeria’s only factory produces rifles and civilian tools. The US can’t sell it arms due to a law that prevents it from arming countries which fail to tackle human rights abuses.
—Compiled by Sagar Shah