The editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine, who was also a former U.S. Embassy worker, was among two men hacked to death Monday evening in Dhaka, officials say.Then this.
A statement from the U.S. Embassy identified the man as Xulhaz Mannan, calling him a "dear friend." Mannan was working for USAID, a government agency for poverty prevention.
"We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the Government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders," Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, the U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, said in the statement.
Mannan and someone described only as a friend were in a flat in Dhaka when five or six young men posing as couriers arrived at Mannan's building under the guise of delivering a package, said Mohammad Iqbal, officer in charge of the Kalabagan police station.
They entered the second-floor apartment and hacked Mannan and his friend to death with machetes, Iqbal said. Mannan's mother and a maid were also in the flat at the time, he said. Both are alive.
Boys of Bangladesh, the country's largest gay rights group said Roopbaan had been a prominent member since 2005. He'd been receiving threats from various Islamist pages on Facebook for some time, it said, and many of its leading activists have been living in fear.Read the entire story and check out the video here. What I find beyond interesting is that Christians have been under attack (along with Buddhist and other religions) for years there.
The killings come a day after Bangladeshi police detained a university student in the hacking death of 58-year-old Rezaul Karim Siddique, an English teacher at Rajshahi University.
Rajshahi police Commissioner Mohammad Shamsuddin said the student wasn't charged and it remained unclear why Siddique had been stabbed in the neck as he awaited a bus to take him to campus Saturday.
"He was neither a blogger nor an anti-Islamic campaigner, but the pattern of the murder indicates Islamist militants involved in the recent spate of killings of secular bloggers might have a link," Shamsuddin said.
ISIS claimed responsibility for Siddique's death, saying he was slain "for calling to atheism." CNN could not independently confirm either the terror outfit's claim or Siddique's religious beliefs.
No one in our State Dept seemed to care until this gay activist was killed.
Even that is missing the point. ISIS is on the march and that new land of economic prosperity...the Pacific Region....is on the cusp of having to deal with a full fledged Islamic Insurgency. I count China, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Thailand and a few other countries that I can't remember all dealing with some form of Muslim radicalization.
For a religion of peace they sure do cause a whole lot of trouble.