Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

2015-03-30 12:12


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dhaka - Another blogger was hacked to death in the Bangladesh capital on Monday, with police arresting two suspects after the latest attack targeting independent writers.

Three men attacked Washiqur Rahman, aged 27, near his home in the morning, just weeks after an American atheist blogger was murdered with machetes in Dhaka, a crime that triggered international outrage.

"Blogger Washiqur Rahman was brutally hacked to death this morning... just 460m from his home at Dhaka's Begunbari area," said deputy police commissioner Wahidul Islam.

"They hacked him in his head and neck with big knives and once he fell on the ground they then hacked his body."

A fellow writer said Rahman was an atheist blogger who wrote against religious fundamentalism on Facebook using a pen name, although this could not be confirmed by police.

"He is a friend of mine and a fellow warrior. He was an atheist and a believer in humanism," fellow blogger Asif Mohiuddin, who survived a brutal attack by Islamists in January 2013, told AFP via Facebook from Berlin.

Islam said two suspects, who were students of Islamic schools, were arrested as they tried to flee the scene but a third escaped. Police have recovered three large knives from the site.

"They are around 20 years old and are being interrogated. One of them is a student of a madrassa in Hathazari, Chittagong and another a student of another madrassa in Dhaka," he said.

Rahman is the fifth writer attacked since 2004, including two atheist bloggers who were murdered in the Muslim-majority country in the last two years.

The killing of American Avijit Roy last month sparked uproar abroad and at home, where hundreds of secular activists held protests for days to demand justice.

They also slammed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's secular government for not doing enough to protect humanist writers.

Fellow bloggers and secular writers reacted sharply to news of the latest attack, with secular activists calling for protests later Monday.

"He was murdered because we have a culture of impunity here. He was a progressive free thinker and was against religious fundamentalism," Imran Sarker, head of Blogger and Online Activists Network in Bangladesh, told AFP.

"We condemn this attack and have urged all bloggers to join protests," he said.

Sarker said it appeared that Rahman used to write using a penname Kutshit Hasher Chhana (Ugly Duckling).

Police have arrested one suspect over the death of Bangladesh-born Roy, who was also the author of a series of books.

Read more on:    bangladesh

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.