Dhaka: A 70-year-old Hindu priest was yesterday hacked to death in Bangladesh by three Islamic State jihadists who nearly severed his head, the second priest from the community to be killed this year in the nation which has seen a string of brutal attacks by Islamists on minorities and secular activists.

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Ananda Gopal Ganguly who was a priest at the Noldanga temple in Sadar upazila, was on his way to the temple riding a bicycle to offer prayers when the unidentified assailants struck. They first shot him and then hacked him to make sure that he was dead.

“As it appears Ganguly was killed by the militants as it matches the pattern they followed previously,” Jhinaidah’s police chief Altaf Hossain said. “He was an old ordinary man who was known little beyond the neighbourhood and we found no clue as well that he had enmity with anyone... the circumstances led us to point our finger to militants as we launched the investigation,” he said.