Elderly Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh

2016-05-14 16:30
Buddhist monks. (AFP, File)

Buddhist monks. (AFP, File)

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

Dhaka - A 75-year-old Buddhist monk has been hacked to death inside a temple in Bangladesh, police said.

The body of Mongsowe U Chak was found on Saturday at the isolated temple where he lived alone in Naikkhangchhari village, about 338km southeast of the capital Dhaka, police said.

Police said they did not know the motive of the killing and no one had been arrested.

The killing of the Buddhist monk follows similar murders of two prominent gay activists, a law student, a Hindu tailor and a university professor in April.

"His body was found with a slit throat. Police are saying he was most likely killed on Friday night," Al Jazeera's Tanvir Chauwdhury said, reporting from Dhaka.

"From 2013 until now we have seen a spree of murders in similar fashion... This is a major concern for the Bangladesh government."

Chauwdhury said that the government was adamant that local "extremist groups" carried out such attacks, adding that in some cases blame was pointed at opposition groups.

"[But] very few are brought to justice," Chauwdhury said.

The Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people has seen a surge in violent attacks over the past few months in which liberal activists, members of minority Muslim sects and other religious groups have been targeted.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil, also known as Isis) has claimed responsibility for some of the killings. The government, though, denies the group has a presence in the country, saying home-grown groups are behind the attacks.

Read more on:    bangladesh

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.

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 24.com 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.