Fourth Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death

Dhaka: A 40-year-old secular Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death at his flat in Dhaka, Bangladesh yesterday by five machete-wielding unidentified assailants believed to be Islamist militants, the fourth such brutal murder in the country in less than six months.

Niloy Chakrabarty

The brutal murder
Niloy Chakrabarty, Neel was killed by assailants inside his fifth-floor flat at North Gorhan in Dhaka. The assailants entered the flat, pushed his wife and one of his friends aside and then hacked him to death. The murder sparked protests in the city.

Niloy Neel
Ashamoni, wife of Niloy, devastated after the incident.

“The assassins used machetes... it appears they hit him repeatedly until he was dead,” Mostafizur Rahman, officer in charge of the police station in the neighbourhood, said. Neel worked with a non-government organisation and was known for his secular write-ups in blogs. He used the pen-name Niloy Neel.

It appeared that they hit him repeatedly until he was dead,  an officer in charge of the police station in the neighbourhood said. Pics/AFP
It appeared that they hit him repeatedly until he was dead, an officer in charge of the police station in the neighbourhood said. Pics/AFP

“Niloy was also a regular blogger... he was a target of the Islamists,” Imran H Sarker, spokesperson, of Ganajagaran Mancha, the NGO he worked for, said. He added that the attackers had entered the building posing as potential tenants.

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