Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

Bangladesh Gay Rights Activist and Friend killed in Dhaka

Monday, Islamist militants hacked to death leading gay rights activist and friend in an apartment in Bangladesh capital. University professor was also killed in same fashion on Saturday, after two day attack came claimed by Islamic state.

Bangladesh Gay Rights Activist and Friend killed in Dhaka (1)

Xulhaz Mannan

He was an editor of Bangladesh’s first magazine for lesbian, gay, and transgender community. Dhaka police added, five or six people went to his apartment of Julhas Manan, ‘Rupban’ and attacked him and his friend. They also wounded a security guard who was undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. They shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and they fled away, said witnesses.

Bangladesh, the Muslim majority nation of 60 million people has seen a surge in violent attacks over.  Last few months liberal activist members of minority Muslim sects and other community or religious leaders and group have been targeted and attacked.

More than five secular bloggers and publisher have been hacked to death in Bangladesh sin February last year. A group could be affiliated with Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for killing of Bangladeshi bloggers earlier this month.

Bangladesh Gay Rights Activist and Friend killed in Dhaka

Bangladesh gay rights activist attackers has not been caught, Mannan was employed by US embassy working for the US Agency for international development, state department in Washington said.

State Department US embassy

   State department spokesperson John Kirby said the United State was outraged by te barbaric attack, Mannan, a beloved member of our embassy family and a courageous advocate for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex) rights, human rights.

United State strongly urged the Bangladesh government to ensure the protractors were brought to justice. Other attacks also taken place but it is not clear that assaults carried out by Islamist militants.

Two men shot dead a former prison guard in front of Kashimpur jail in motorcycle. A teacher was hacked to death in southern western district of Kustia. Nation of 160 million people which is Muslim majority cold is the edge of thread.

 

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