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Another Bangladeshi blogger killed, fourth this year

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Another Bangladeshi blogger killed, fourth this year

Niloy Neel, a Dhaka-based blogger known for his secular views was hacked to death in his home in the city yesterday.

The BBC reported that the killers, who were armed with machetes, are suspected ‘Islamist militants’.
This makes it the fourth murder of a blogger in Bangladesh this year. All the slain were known for their anti-extremist and secular views. Three, including Neel, were from a Hindu background while one was from a Muslim background.

The first murder occurred in February when Avijit Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi American online activist and blogger, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in Dhaka. He was known as a critic of religious intolerance.

This was followed by the March murder of Washiqur Rahman, who was knifed to death near his home in the capital.

The third victim was Ananta Bijoy Das, who was also attacked with machetes in the city of Sylhet.
At least two of the victims had reportedly told the police that they had been receiving death threats, but it is being alleged that the police turned a blind eye.

In 2014, Reporters Without Borders reported that a group calling itself Defenders of Islam in Bangladesh had published a "hit list" of writers it saw as opposing Islam.

This is not the first time Bangladesh has seen violence and death threats directed at moderates. Ahmed Rajib Haider, who wrote critiques about Islamic fundamentalism, was killed in February 2013 in Dhaka. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 18 journalists or writers have been killed in Bangladesh since 1992.


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