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The attackers yelled Allah uh-Akhbar before hacking the transgender magazine editor and his friend to death, mutilating their corpses.


Two gay rights activists hacked to death in Bangladesh

Editor of magazine for transgender community among latest victims of murders targeting liberal activists.

 | BangladeshHuman RightsAsia


Two people, including the editor of a magazine for the transgender community, have been hacked to death in the capital of Bangladesh.

A third person, a security guard at the apartment building where the killings took place, was seriously wounded in Monday's attack in Dhaka, in which six attackers murdered Julhas Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar.

Mannan was the editor of Rupban, the only LGBT magazine in the country.

"Unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death," Maruf Hossain Sarder, a Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman, told the AFP news agency.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Hasina vowed to hunt down and prosecute those responsible.

She accused the country's opposition party and what she called allied armed groups of being behind the killings. The opposition has denied the allegations.

No suspects have been arrested, police officer Shamim Ahmed told the Associated Press news agency.

Mannan's magazine, Roopbaan, was launched two years ago and has become a platform for promoting the rights of LGBT people in Bangladesh, where homosexual acts are illegal.

The group also runs an annual Rainbow Rally on April 14, Bengali new year, that was cancelled this year as part of widespread security measures imposed by police.

The incident came two days after a university professor was killed in similar fashion in an attack in Rajshahi, which was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) group.


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Professor hacked to death in Bangladesh

Police say the pattern of the attack fitted with previous killings of secular and liberal activists in the country.

 | Human RightsBangladeshAsia

Unidentified attackers have hacked a university professor to death in Bangladesh, police say, adding that the assault bore the hallmarks of previous killings of bloggers and online activists.

Police said Rezaul Karim Siddique, a 58-year-old English professor, was attacked from behind with machetes as he walked to the bus station on Saturday from his home in the country's northwestern city of Rajshahi.

Two or three assailants rode up on a motorcycle and attacked Siddique, slitting his throat and hacking him to death, police official Golam Sakline said, adding that an investigation had been launched.

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Al Jazeera's Maher Sattar, reporting from Dhaka, said it was unclear why Siddique was targeted.

"The police say that the manner of his murder was very similar to the others and they believe that it is a religiously motivated attack," he said.

"His colleagues say that Siddique had never been publicly critical of Islam unlike the seven others murdered in the same way.

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