Bangladeshi police said people including a leading gay rights activist & an editor at Bangladesh’s only LGBT magazine available have been hacked to death.
US ambassador of Bangladesh condemned the murder of Xulhaz Mannan, who also said to be working at US embassy.
One more person was injured when a Dhaka flat was attacked.
Since Feb. last year the suspected militants have killed numerous secular/ atheist writers & the members of the religious minority groups.
2 men were murdered 2 days after a Bangladeshi university teacher was hacked to death by the suspected Islamist militants.
The so-called IS claimed responsibility – however Bangladeshi govt. claims that there’s no IS presence in country.
“I’m devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan & another young Bangladeshi,” said Marcia Bernicat, who is the US Ambassador.
“We abhor this senseless act of violence & urge (Bangladeshi) Government in strongest terms to apprehend criminals (who are) behind these murders,” she added.
A British photographer who was acquainted with Mr. Mannan & other victim Tanay Mojumdar, said that they along with their other friends had set up the Roopbaan with the objective to spread tolerance.
Both men were openly gay & they believed that if more gay Bangladeshis came out then the country would’ve to accept them, said the photographer.
They were also a part of the annual “Rainbow Rally” that was held on Bengali New Year since 2014. Police as part of widespread security measures banned this year’s rally.
The killings were likely to spread the terror among the gay community in country where homosexuality is technically illegal & rests as a deeply sensitive issue, added the photographer.
“Until a year ago the only threat to coming out was shame of family & having to start a new life elsewhere in Bangladesh. Now it is one of danger,” he said.
In the meantime, Bangladesh’s best known blogger claimed that he’d received a death threat recently.
Imran Sarker, who’d led the major protests by the secular activists in 2013 against Islamist leaders, said that he received a call warning that he’d be killed “very soon”.