Liberal Bangladeshi blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:12 AM

Postgraduate law learner Nazimuddin Samad, twenty-eight, was attacked as he was returning from a class at his Univ in the capital, Dhaka, late on Wednesday, police said.

Attackers in Bangladesh wielding machetes killed a liberal blogger, police said on Thursday, the latest in series of murders of secular activists by suspected Islamist militants.

Postgraduate law learner Nazimuddin Samad, twenty-eight, was attacked as he was returning from a class at his Univ in the capital, Dhaka, late on Wednesday, police said.

Latest year, suspected militants killed five secular writers and a publisher, including a Bangladeshi-American activist. A banned Islamist militant group, Ansarullah Bangla Team, claimed responsibility for some of the attacks.

Police officer Tapan Chandra Shaha said three or four men attacked Samad with machetes and then shot him after he fell to the ground.

People heard the attackers shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is Greatest) as they fled, he said.

Imran H Sarker, convener of the BOAN online activist grouping said Samad was an outspoken critic of injustice and militancy.

"We found him always a loud voice against all injustice and also a grand supporter of secularism," Sarker told Reuters.

Bangladesh has seen a wave of militant violence over the past year or so, including a series of bomb attacks on mosques and Hindu temples.

Some recent attacks have been claimed by Islamic State, including the killing of Hindu priest, a Japanese citizen, an Italian aid worker and a policeman.

The government denies that Islamic State has a presence in the Muslim-majority country of one hundred sixty million people.

Hundreds of students from the Jagannath Univ where Samad studied protested against his murder and demanded the prompt arrest of the killers.

They blocked roads in and around the Univ and told reporters that if those behind the earlier murders of bloggers had been punished then Samad wouldn't have been attacked.

(Reporting By Serajul Quadir; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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