Government arrests 3 Islamists over killings of secular bloggers

In February, machete-wielding assailants killed a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin and critic of religious militancy, Avijit Roy, and seriously injured his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Bonya Ahmed.

Bangladesh arrests 3 Islamists over killings of secular bloggers

Bangladesh's elite forces said on Tuesday they had arrested three suspected Islamist militants, including a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, for masterminding the killings of two secular bloggers in the Muslim-majority nation.

Touhidur Rahman, 58, and two active members of outlawed Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team were arrested in Dhaka on Monday night, said Maksudul Alam, a spokesman for the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force.

"Rahman is a Bangladeshi origin British citizen and we suspect he is the main planner of the killings of U.S. blogger Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das," he told Reuters.

Another secular blogger, Ananta Bijoy Das, was hacked to death on May 12.

Militants have targeted secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years, while the government has tried to crack down on hardline Islamist groups seeking to make the South Asian nation of 160 million people a sharia-based state.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Jihadists kill 30 in northeast Nigeria

Jihadists kill 30 in northeast Nigeria

Tambuwal promises to partner with Anambra to industrialise Nigeria

Tambuwal promises to partner with Anambra to industrialise Nigeria

‘Okada’ ban remains on June 1 – Gov. Sanwo-Olu

‘Okada’ ban remains on June 1 – Gov. Sanwo-Olu

Gov Soludo condemns killing of woman, children, assures justice

Gov Soludo condemns killing of woman, children, assures justice

Dino Melaye crashes out in Kogi west PDP primary senatorial election

Dino Melaye crashes out in Kogi west PDP primary senatorial election

Ngwu replaces Ekweremadu as Ugwuanyi, Nnamani secure PDP senatorial tickets in Enugu

Ngwu replaces Ekweremadu as Ugwuanyi, Nnamani secure PDP senatorial tickets in Enugu

Dino Melaye explains why he lost PDP senatorial primary in Kogi

Dino Melaye explains why he lost PDP senatorial primary in Kogi

ASUU, polytechnic lecturers, others to get N34bn minimum wage arrears -FG

ASUU, polytechnic lecturers, others to get N34bn minimum wage arrears -FG

BREAKING: EFCC finally arrests presidential aspirant, Rochas Okorocha

BREAKING: EFCC finally arrests presidential aspirant, Rochas Okorocha