In Bangladesh, a university professor has been hacked to death in an attack, which the police say to be similar to the murders of the secular bloggers & atheists by the suspected Islamist extremists.
AFM Rezaul Karim Siddique, who was 58 years old, was the English Prof. at Rajshahi University.
He was attacked with the machetes just as he left his home to go to the work.
The so-called IS militants said that they killed him for “calling to atheism” in the Bangladesh.
The Islamic State-linked to Amaq Agency made this claim, said the US-based SITE Intelligence Group that monitors jihadist groups.
Nevertheless, Siddique’s colleagues formerly stated that he hadn’t written anything controversial & that he wasn’t an atheist, unlike the previous victims.
The Police believe that the suspected Islamist extremists may have targeted him because Siddique was involved in the cultural activities.
Akbar Hossain, BBC’s Dhaka correspondent said that the hardline Islamist groups hate anyone who is involved in the cultural field.
Siddique was the founder of a music school & the editor of a literary magazine, said his family in an interview.
Siddique’s wife, Hosne Ara, stated that she’d no clue that why would anyone want to kill her husband.
“As far as I know, my husband did not have any personal enmity with anyone. I cannot believe that he’s been murdered,” she told the reporters.
Numerous students of Rajshahi University have protested on the campus against their teacher’s murder and required the instantaneous arrest of perpetrators.
Siddique was the 4th professor at university to have been killed in last 12 years, however it remain ambiguous that why they’ve been targeted in the first place.
4 bloggers who were killed last year had all appeared on list of 84 “atheist bloggers” that was drawn up by Islamic groups in 2013 and was widely disseminated.
Bangladesh is officially secular (however, has a Muslim Majority) but the critics say that the govt. remained unsuccessful to accurately address these attacks.
Last week, PM Sheikh Hasina had issued a serious warning to anyone who criticize the religion: “I do not consider such writings as freethinking but the filthy words. Why’d anyone write such words? It is not at all acceptable if anyone writes against our prophet or other religions.”