Editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine hacked to death

Another person was also killed and one person injured in the attack

Samuel Osborne@SamuelOsborne93
Monday 25 April 2016 15:10
There have been a number of murders in Bangladesh over the last year
There have been a number of murders in Bangladesh over the last year

A senior editor of Bangledesh's first LGBT magazine has been hacked to death, police say.

Julhas Mannan and another person were murdered when three people came to their apartment in the capital of Dhaka, posing as couriers and attacked them.

Another person was injured in the attack in Kalabagan.

The gay rights activist was an editor for Roopbaan, which focuses on issues facing the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Julhas Mannan edited LGBT magazine Roopbaan

Mr Mannan also worked for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and had previously worked as a US Embassy protocol officer.

His friend, Tanay Majumder, was also killed in the attack.

On Saturday, a university professor was hacked to death in Bangladesh, supposedly for "calling to atheism".

Rezaul Karim Siddique was on his way to the Rajshahi University, where he worked as an English teacher, when he was attacked.

Isis later claimed responsibility for the murder.

Earlier this month, a liberal blogger who criticised Islamism was also hacked to death by attackers wielding machetes.

Nazimuddin Samad, a 18-year-old postgraduate law student, was attacked as he returned from a unviversity class.

At least four atheist bloggers were murdered in 2015 for writing critically against militant Islamism.

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