12/05/2015 8:38 AM IST | Updated 12/05/2015 10:58 PM IST

Third Secular Blogger Ananta Bijoy Das Hacked To Death In Bangladesh By Masked Men

SYLHET — Police say masked men hacked a blogger and author to death near his home in northeastern Bangladesh while he was on his way to his job at a bank.

Police official Rahmat Ullah says Ananta Bijoy Das died instantly after the attack Tuesday in Sylhet city.

It was not immediately clear why he was targeted, but local media reported that he was close to Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger and writer who was killed in February, allegedly by Islamist extremists. Roy was known for his writings against religious fundamentalism.

Das's friend Shahiduzzamn Paplu told reporters that Das wrote blogs and books dealing with science, and that he also had written an introduction for a book by Roy.

This was his last post on Facebook:

একজন ক্ষমতাসীন সাংসদ শাহজালাল বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের একজন শিক্ষককে প্রকাশ্যে চাবুক মারার ইচ্ছা প্রকাশ করেছেন। চাবুক তো একসময় জ...

Posted by Ananta Bijoy on Monday, 11 May 2015

Contact HuffPost India