A Bangladeshi law student who criticised Islamism on his Facebook page has been murdered, police said on Thursday, the latest in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country.
Nazimuddin Samad, 28, had been on the list of 84 atheist bloggers that a group of radical Islamists drew up and sent to Bangladesh’s interior ministry.
The Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan police Syed Nurul Islam said.“At least four assailants hacked Nazimuddin Samad’s head with a machete on Wednesday night. As he fell down, one of them shot him with a pistol from close range. He died on the spot,”.
No group immediately claimed responsibility.
The assailants, who had been riding a single motorcycle, escaped after the assault while shouting, “Allahu Akbar,” or “Allah is great.”
Friends and fellow students of Samad rallied Thursday on the ground of the state-run Jagannath University, where Samad was studying law and had attended class the evening of the attack.