Secular student activist hacked to death in Dhaka

Nazimuddin Samad, a master’s student, was killed by suspected Islamist militants

Dhaka: A Bangladeshi law student, who posted comments against radical Islamists on Facebook, was hacked by machete-wielding militants before being shot dead from close range here, the latest in a series of brutal attacks on secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim majority country.

Nazimuddin Samad posted comments against radical Islamists on Facebook
Nazimuddin Samad posted comments against radical Islamists on Facebook

Nazimuddin Samad (28), a master’s student of the state-run Jagannath University’s law department, was killed by suspected Islamist militants in Old Dhaka’s Sutrapur area on Wednesday night. He had been on a hit list of 84 atheist bloggers that a group of radical Islamists prepared and sent to Bangladesh’s interior ministry.

Samad was attacked by three assailants on a busy road while walking to his home in Gendaria with another youth after completing classes at the university near Bahadur Shah Park. While murdering Samad, the killers shouted Allah-o-Akbar (God is Great), witnesses said.

A day before the murder, he expressed concerns over the country’s law and order in a Facebook post. Samad was known to have been critical of state religion in the Bangladeshi constitution.

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