Editor Of Bangladesh's First LGBT Magazine Hacked To Death By Suspected ISIS Terrorists

25/04/2016 8:47 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Two days after a university teacher was hacked to death in Bangladesh by suspected ISIS terrorists, a senior editor of the country’s first magazine on LGBT community was killed in Dhaka on Monday.

Along with the editor, his friend too was killed, while another person was injured in the attack at his Dhaka residence.

The gay rights activist was in-charge of Roopbaan, a magazine that focuses on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. The editor was also a member of the US development agency USAID, the BBC reported, quoting his friends.

Xulhaz Mannan (35), a cousin of former foreign minister Dipu Moni, and his friend Tanay Mojumdar were killed by unidentified killers who entered the building impersonating as courier officials, the latest in a series of brutal attacks on bloggers and intellectuals in Bangladesh.

Deputy commissioner of Ramna division police Abdul Baten said armed assailants in guise of courier company officials entered the flat on the second floor of a six-storey building in Kalabagan around 7 PM and killed Mannan and his friend.

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

Last year, four prominent secular bloggers were killed with machetes, one inside his own home.

In the latest attack, liberal professor AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, 58, was brutally hacked to death on Saturday by machete-wielding ISIS militants who slit his throat using sharp weapons and left him to die near his home in Rajshahi city.

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