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Hindu tailor hacked to death by Islamic State in Bangaldesh

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

A Hindu tailor, Nikhil Chandra Joarder, was hacked to death in his shop on 30 April in Bangladesh, just days after the brutal murders of Xulhaz Mannan - the editor of Roopban, Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine - and his friend.

The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the murder of Joarder, a resident of the Dubail village in Tangail district. The local police said that three assailants slit Joarder's throat inside his shop before fleeing from the spot on a motorcycle.

Three suspects were detained on 1 May in connection with the crime.

The 50-year-old tailor was arrested in 2012 for making a derogatory statement against Prophet of Islam. He was later released. "It can be the reason for the murder," The Daily Star quoted a police official as saying.

According to an AP report, the assailants left a black bag containing small bomb-like objects.

Joarder's death is the latest in a rising number of attacks on secular bloggers, free-thinkers, intellectuals, and minorities in Bangladesh.

First published: 1 May 2016, 1:49 IST