Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh
July 1, Dhaka: A Hindu priest has been hacked to death in Bangladesh by three men on a motorcycle, local police have said. He was killed at a temple, the latest of dozens of brutal attacks in the country.
According to police, Shaymanonda Das, 45, was preparing for morning prayers at a temple in the south-western district of Jhenaidah when he was attacked. He was hacked on the neck several times with machetes, police said.
Mahbubur Rahman, the head of the local administration said that the nature of killing was similar with the local militants, but we cannot say more at the moment.
More than 40 people have been killed in attacks blamed on Islamist militants in Bangladesh since February 2013.
That includes secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists and members of religious minorities.
Police said the motive behind the latest attack was not clear.
But local police station chief inspector Hasan Hafizur Rahman told AFP news agency "the pattern of the killing is similar" to ones carried out by local Islamist militants.
Last month, a 70-year-old Hindu priest was hacked to death in a rice paddy field in the same district as Friday's attack.
The Oslo Times International News Network