Bloggers in Danger - The LGBT Magazine Editor Xulhaz Mannan Has Been Hacked To Death In Bangladesh

So, what exactly is going on in Bangladesh, for God’s sake? As the Dhaka Tribune reports, senior editor at Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine Roopbaan Xulhaz Mannan has been hacked to…
Bloggers in Danger

The LGBT Magazine Editor Xulhaz Mannan Has Been Hacked To Death In Bangladesh

So, what exactly is going on in Bangladesh, for God’s sake? As the Dhaka Tribune reports, senior editor at Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine Roopbaan Xulhaz Mannan has been hacked to death in Dhaka, the latest in a series of religiously-motivated killings in the country. The 35-year-old was the founder and editor of the magazine and also worked at the US development agency USAID.

“Two persons including the editor of Roopbaan, the country’s first ever LGBT magazine, have been hacked to death at a flat in capital’s Kalabagan”, Mohammad Jamil Khan reports. “The deceased are Xulhaz Mannan, 35, and his friend Tanay Mojumdar. Abdul Baten, deputy commissioner of Ramna division police, said armed assailants in guise of courier company officials entered the flat and killed the duo. According to eyewitness, they, while going out of the house, chanting ‘Naraye Takbir, Allahu Akbar.'”

What. The. Fuck. Mashable writes, the killing comes after a university teacher was murdered by suspected Islamist militants. And earlier in April, a Bangladeshi law student who railed against Islamism on his Facebook page was hacked to death in Dhaka. Nazimuddin Samad, 28, was on a list of targets, along with 83 atheist bloggers, which a group of radical Islamist drew up and delivered to Bangladesh’s interior ministry. These are dark times in Bangladesh, dark times…

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