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University Professor Hacked to Death in Bangladesh by Suspected Muslim Militants
Apr. 23, 2016
NEW DELHI (AP) — A university professor on his way to work in
northwestern Bangladesh was hacked to death Saturday in an attack
similar to other killings by suspected Muslim militants, police said.
A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was attacked on his way to the state-run
university in the city of Rajshahi, where he taught English, deputy
police commissioner Nahidul Islam said. The attackers used sharp
weapons and fled the scene immediately, Islam said.
The attack was similar to recent killings of atheist bloggers in Muslim-majority Bangladesh by radical Islamists.
No one has claimed responsibility for the latest attack and police are investigating.
At least three other professors at Rajshahi University have been killed in recent years, allegedly by Islamist groups.
Sajidul Karim Siddique, a brother of the victim of Saturday’s attack,
said the professor was a “very quiet and simple man” who was focused on
studying and teaching. He led a cultural group and used to edit a
“So far as we know, he did not have any known enemies and we never
found him worried,” he said. “We don’t know why it happened to him.”
The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been cracking down
on militant groups, which it blames for deadly attacks in the past year
on secular bloggers, minority Shiites, Christians and two foreigners.
It accuses the opposition of supporting religious radicals in seeking
to retaliate against the government for prosecuting suspected war
crimes during the country’s 1971 independence war.
Some of the attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, but the
government dismisses those claims and says the Sunni extremist group
has no presence in Bangladesh.
Following Saturday’s attack, hundreds of students and teachers marched
on Rajshahi University’s campus and blocked a highway, demanding
Amnesty International condemned the killing and said those responsible must be brought to justice.
“The vicious killing … is inexcusable and those responsible must be
held to account,” Amnesty’s South Asia director, Champa Patel, said in
a statement. “This attack sadly fits the gruesome pattern established
by Islamist extremist groups in Bangladesh who are targeting secular
activists and writers.”
“The authorities must do more to put an end to these killings. Not a
single person has been brought to justice for the attacks over the past
year,” Patel said.
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