South Asia

Hindu Priest Killed in Bangladesh; ISIS Claims Responsibility

Credit: Reuters

Credit: Reuters

Dhaka: A 65-year-old Hindu priest was killed by three bike-borne assailants in Bangladesh on June 7 while he was on his way to a temple. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the killing, the SITE monitoring group quoted the terror group’s Amaq news agency as saying.

Ananta Gopal Ganguly was attacked at around 9:30 am by three men who slit his throat with sharp-edged weapons in the western Jhinaigah district, Assistant Superintendent of Police Gopinath Kanjilal said, adding that militants carried out the murder.

Police said they have recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. An investigation has been launched into the incident.

Ganguly’s murder is the latest in the Muslim-majority nation, which has seen a string of brutal attacks on minorities and secular activists by Islamists. There have been systematic assaults in Bangladesh in recent months that targeting minorities, secular bloggers, intellectuals and foreigners.

On Sunday, a Christian businessman was hacked to death by unidentified machete-wielding men near a church, hours after the wife of a top anti-terror police officer was shot dead by religious extremists.

In April, a liberal professor was brutally hacked to death by machete-wielding ISIS militants who slit his throat near his home in Rajshahi city. In the same month, a Hindu tailor was also hacked to death by ISIS militants in his shop.

ISIS and the al-Qaeda in the Indian Peninsula have claimed responsibility for some of these attacks, although the government denies their presence in Bangladesh.