Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh 

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March 30, Dhaka:  A blogger has been hacked to death in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, in the latest brutal attack on the country’s independent writers.

Police said they were unsure whether the victim, Washiqur Rahman, 27, was an atheist blogger, but another social media writer said that he was known to write “against religious fundamentalism”.

Police have arrested two men over the murder, which comes weeks after an American atheist blogger was also killed in Dhaka, in a crime that triggered international outrage.

Speaking about Monday’s victim, local police chief Wahidul Islam told Agence France-Presse: “He was brutally hacked to death this morning with big knives just 500 yards [460 metres] from his home at Dhaka’s Begunbari area.”

Islam said the men were arrested immediately after the attack as they tried to flee the scene.

Police said they were unsure whether the victim, Washiqur Rahman, 27, was also an atheist blogger but another social media writer said that he was known to write “against religious fundamentalism”.

“It appeared Rahman used to write using a pen name, Kutshit Hasher Chhana [Ugly Duckling],” Imran Sarker, head of the Blogger and Online Activists Network in Bangladesh, said. “He was a progressive free thinker and was against religious fundamentalism.”

Roy was the second atheist blogger to have been murdered in the Muslim-majority country in the last two years and the fourth writer to have been attacked since 2004.

His death sparked uproar at home and abroad with hundreds of secular activists protesting for days to demand justice.They also criticized the country’s secular government for not doing enough to protect humanist writers.

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