Hindu Priest Has Throat Slit in Bangladesh Attack
Mon, February 22, 2016
A Hindu temple in Bangladesh. Illustrative picture. (Photo: © Reuters)
A Hindu priest was stabbed to death at a temple in Bangladesh by suspected Islamic State terrorists.
Five or six militants attacked 55-year-old Jogeshwar Roy and slit his throat while he was preparing prayers at the Deviganj temple near Panchagar, north of the capital Dhaka. A devotee at the temple was shot and wounded by the militants during the attack when he tried to help the priest.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a post on social media. Police arrested four suspects from the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh group, however.
Bangladesh has seen a string of attacks against secularist bloggers, Christians, interfaith activists and perceived blasphemers over the past year.
In 2014, Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), the group behind the murders of a string of secularist and rationalist bloggers, put out a list of 84 Bangladeshi bloggers slated for murder. They have since been working their way through the list.
In September 2015, the group published a new list of targets, which included bloggers and activists from around the world. The list included nine bloggers based in the UK, seven in Germany, two in the U.S., one in Canada and one in Sweden.