Monday, April 25, 2016

In Bangladesh: LGBT Activist hacked to Death

This is horrifying to hear about.

LGBT magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan was murdered by 4 hooded men. They... they hacked him up with a machete in Dhaka and then shot him death. Reports say Mannan's murder fits the pattern of other killings on secular activists by radical Islamist groups.

Here's more
Xulhaz Mannan was one of two people hacked to death in an attack in the capital, Dhaka, police said.

Mohammad Iqbal, the officer in charge of the local police station, confirmed to the Guardian that about six people entered the house in the Kalabagan district and hacked Mannan and his friend to death. Two other people were seriously injured.

Mannan, 35, was the editor of Roopbaan, the country’s only magazine for the LGBT community and who also worked at the US development agency USAID. A security guard of the house told the Dhaka Tribune that five to six youths identifying themselves as courier company officials came to the house around 5pm.

He said: “But half an hour later, I heard shouting and shooting sound from the flat and went to look into the incident.”

“The assailants then attacked me with knives,” said the security guard.

Marcia Bernicat, the United States ambassador to Bangladesh, condemned the killing. “I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi,” she said.“We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders,” she added.

Mannan had been behind an annual Rainbow Rally, which since 2014 has been held on 14 April Bengali New Year.

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