May 28, 2017

Bangladesh LGBT editor hacked to death


A senior editor on Bangladesh’s first ever LGBT magazine has been hacked to death in a horrific attack, it is reported.

The professional, who worked for ‘Roopbaan’, is believed to have been killed alongside another person in an apartment in the capital of Dhaka.

A third person was injured in the attack in Kalabagan, according to local media and officials.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesperson Maruf Hossain Sorder said: “Unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death.

“Another person was injured.”

'Roopban' is the country’s only magazine for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
‘Roopban’ is the country’s only magazine for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community

‘Roopbaan’, which was launched by a group of volunteers in early 2014, is the country’s only magazine for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Although Mr Sorder did not identify the dead, private television Channel 24 said one of them was the editor of the magazine.

They are also thought to have worked at the United States Agency for International Development, which is responsible for administering civilian foreign aid.

It is not clear what weapon was used in the killings, nor what time they occurred.

‘Roopbaan’, which was launched by a group of volunteers in early 2014, is the country’s only magazine for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

In addition to his role as editor of the publication, Mr Mannan also reportedly worked at the United States Agency for International Development.

GoogleThe killings took place at an apartment in Kalabagan, officials said
The killings took place at an apartment in Kalabagan, officials said

He was the cousin of Bangladesh’s former foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni, a police deputy commissioner told the Dhaka Tribune.

The attack comes just two days after a university teacher was hacked to death about 125 miles northwest of Dhaka by suspected ISIS terrorists.

Rezaul Karim Siddiquee was found lying in a pool of blood near his home after apparently being attacked while waiting for a bus to work.

Rezaul Karim Siddiquee was hacked to death by suspected ISIS terrorists just two days ago
Rezaul Karim Siddiquee was hacked to death by suspected ISIS terrorists just two days ago

The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the killing.

The militant group said the professor had been murdered for ‘calling to atheism’, the US-based SITE monitoring service said quoting ISIS’s Amaq Agency.

Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority country, has seen a surge in violent attacks over the past few months.

Liberal activists, members of minority Muslim sects and other religious groups have been targeted in the assaults.

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