Christian hacked to death in latest Bangladesh attack
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