Ansar al-Islam, the Bangladesh division of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), claimed credit for the murder of blogger Nazimuddin Samad in the capital, Dhaka. Site Intelligence Group confirms the claim.
Nazimuddin Samad, 26, was attacked on Wednesday night near his university in Dhaka by men carrying machetes.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s deputy commissioner Syed Nurul Islam said: ‘It is a case of targeted killing. ‘
He has been murdered in Bangladesh after posting comments against Islamic extremists on his Facebook page, the latest in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country.
‘At least four assailants hacked Nazimuddin Samad’s head with a machete on Wednesday night. As he fell down, one of them shot him with a pistol from close range. He died on the spot.’
Samad had posted several comments on Facebook criticising radical Islam and mocking hardline Islamists and their attitude to women’s rights.
Author: Harun Ur Rashid