DHAKA -- A professor was hacked to death by unidentified attackers near his home in northwest Bangladesh this morning, the latest in a series of brutal attacks on intellectuals and activists in the Muslim majority country.
Rajshahi University professor AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, 58, was murdered within 50 metres of his residence in the country's northwestern city of Rajshahi, police said.
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Unidentified miscreants hacked the English professor with sharp weapons and left him to die at the Battala Crossing in Salbagan area around 7.30 a.m, police officer Shahdat Hossain was quoted as saying by the Bdnews24.com.
He taught English at the university.
Avijit Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife.
The motive behind the murder is not immediately known.
Two years ago, another Rajshahi University teacher AKM Shafiul Islam was similarly murdered.
Bangladeshi mourners carry the coffin containing the body of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider for funeral in Dhaka.
Though his murder was initially claimed by Islamist radicals, police later ruled out that possibility. Police said he was murdered as a sequel to personal rivalry.
But some years ago, two more professors of the Rajshahi University had been killed.
A relative of dead Bangladeshi blogger Washiqur Rahman reacts after seeing his body at Dhaka Medical College.
There have been systematic assaults in Bangladesh over the past six months specially targeting minorities, secular bloggers and foreigners.
Last year, four prominent secular bloggers were killed with machetes, one inside his own home.
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