Chris­tian hacked to death in lat­est Bangladesh at­tack

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

DHAKA—A Chris­tian was hacked to death af­ter church prayers near in north­west Bangladesh in an at­tack – the lat­est in a se­ries on re­li­gious mi­nori­ties – claimed by ISIS. Po­lice said uniden­ti­fied at­tack­ers mur­dered the 65-year-old in the vil­lage of Bon­para, home to one of the old­est Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties in Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Bangladesh.

“Su­nil Gomes was hacked to death at his gro­cery store just near a church at Bon­para vil­lage,” Shafiqul Is­lam, deputy po­lice chief of Na­tore district that in­cludes Bon­para, told AFP. IS claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the mur­der through its Amaq news agency, ac­cord­ing to the SITE mon­i­tor­ing group, say­ing it was “part of a se­ries of op­er­a­tions” in Bangladesh.

The killing came just hours af­ter the wife of a top anti-ter­ror of­fi­cer was bru­tally mur­dered in the south­east­ern city of Chit­tagong by sus­pected mem­bers of a banned lo­cal ex­trem­ist group.—Agen­cies

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