Bangladesh hangs Is­lamist ex­trem­ist

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PRISON au­thor­i­ties in Bangladesh’s south­ern city of Khulna have ex­e­cuted a se­nior Is­lamist ex­trem­ist whose banned group has been linked to the mur­der of for­eign hostages.

Asadul Is­lam, 42, a leader of the out­lawed Ja­mayetul Mu­jahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was hanged on Oc­to­ber 16 for his role in a 2005 blast that killed two judges.

Bangladesh has blamed the JMB for a July 1 at­tack on an up­mar­ket Dhaka cafe in which 22 peo­ple, mostly for­eign hostages, were shot and hacked to death.

Is­lam, also known as Arif, was one of seven se­nior JMB of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing found­ing leader Shaikh Ab­dur Rah­man, sen­tenced to death for a bomb at­tack on a minibus that killed two lower court judges on Novem­ber 14, 2005.

Six of the men, in­clud­ing Rah­man, were ex­e­cuted in March 2007 by a mil­i­tary-backed care­taker gov­ern­ment as part of a na­tion­wide crack­down on Is­lamic ex­trem­ists.

His ex­e­cu­tion comes as Bangladeshi se­cu­rity forces push a deadly new crack­down against ex­trem­ists fol­low­ing the cafe at­tack that has shaken the im­age of Bangladesh as a mod­er­ate Mus­lim na­tion.

Since July, po­lice have shot dead nearly 40 sus­pected ex­trem­ists in­clud­ing JMB’s new leader Tamim Chowd­hury, a Cana­dian cit­i­zen of Bangladesh de­scent who al­legedly mas­ter­minded the cafe car­nage. –

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