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Rajshahi: Islamists kill university professor for banning burka in classroom
Shafiul Islam, 48, was hacked to death on his way home. An extremist group claims responsibility for his murder on Facebook. The professor was known for his liberal views and for belonging to Baul, a syncretistic spiritual group.
Dhaka: another blogger hacked to death for criticising radical Islam
Oyasiqur Rahman Babu manage a blog that documented minority rights violations in Bangladesh. A group of at least three attackers killed him for his ideas. The police confirmed the arrest of two suspects.
22/02/2016 18:31:00 BANGLADESH
IS claims responsibility for Hindu priest hacked to death in temple, but claim remains unverified
Jogeswar Roy, 50, was killed as he prepared for morning prayers. The three attackers, who fled on motorcycles, appear to be members of radical Islamic organisations. Two other temple officials were wounded in the incident. For local police chief, "We do not think it is the work of the IS,” and “We are investigating to determine whether the motive is religious or other."
16/10/2017 17:18:00 BANGLADESH
The late Fr Benjamin Costa, a well-known educator, is mourned in Dhaka
More than 3,000 people attended his funeral. The priest was involved in education for 35 years. He founded the country’s first Catholic university. Prime Minister Hasina and former students praise him.
Children hacked to death and religious freedom
Children continue to die violently in kindergartens and schools. For the government, such episodes are isolated incidents caused by deranged individuals. However, they have deeper roots and are the consequence of pent-up social tensions. Democracy and religious freedom could open up spaces where people can meet and listen to one another. Without them, China might experience a conflict much more violent than the one that unfolded in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences says.
Bangladesh, convicted to death 8 Islamists for New Year's massacre
They're all militants of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), a banned organization since 2005. In 2001 it killed 10 people during Bangla New Year celebrations. Months later they put a bomb inside The Most Holy Redeemer church (Khulna diocese), killing 10 Catholics. Other six Islamists got life imprisonment.
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