Christians pray for those they deem having gone astray, Muslims hack them to death.
Editor of LGBT magazine hacked to death in Bangladesh
A U.S. government employee, who was editor of an LGBT magazine in Bangladesh, was hacked to death by assailants in the capital Dhaka, according to media reports.
A group of assailants Monday stormed the home of Xulhaz Mannan, a staffer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, killing him and a friend, police told The Daily Star. Mannan was a senior editor of the publication Roopbaan, the only gay rights magazine in the country, according to the BBC.
The killing took place two days after the hacking death of Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, an English professor at Rajshahi University in northern Bangladesh, the newspaper reported. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Siddiquee’s killing, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, based in Washington, D.C. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, accused him in a statement of “calling to atheism,” the BBC reported. Last year, assailants killed four prominent secular bloggers with machetes, in what The Indian Express called a systematic series of assaults on minorities, intellectuals and foreigners in the majority Muslim country.
Mannan’s killers gained entry by claiming to be delivering a package, according toThe Daily Star. Eyewitnesses told The Dhaka Tribune they heard shouting and shooting before the assailants came out of the apartment while chanting Islamic phrases and attacked a security guard.