04/05/2015 10:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

American Blogger Murder: Al-Qaeda Branch Claims Responsibility

Members of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force escort Farabi Shafiur Rahman, center, a suspect in the murder of an American blogger Avijit Roy, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, March 2, 2015. Bangladesh security officials say they have arrested a leading suspect in the hacking death of Roy who wrote against religious extremism. (AP Photo/Suvra Kanti Das)

DHAKA — The SITE Intelligence Group has said that the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed responsibility for the murder of American atheist blogger Avijit Roy in Bangladesh over two months ago.

According to a Daily Star report, AQIS leader Asim Umar is quoted, as saying in a video posted on Jihadist forums that his organization was responsible for the attack.

Roy was hacked to death by two assailants with machetes on the streets of Dhaka in February while returning from a book fair with his wife.

The SITE is a website in the United States that monitors extremist groups.

A Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force spokesman said the AQIS claim has to be verified to deemed to be correct.

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