Author­i­ties in Bangladesh ar­rest 2 in blog­ger mur­der


Two sus­pected mem­bers of a Bangladeshi Mus­lim mil­i­tant group, in­clud­ing one who was out on bail on a charge of at­tempted mur­der, were ar­rested in the killing of a sec­u­lar blog­ger in the fourth such deadly at­tack this year.

Saad-al-Nahin and Ma­sud Rana were ar­rested Thurs­day evening by the de­tec­tive branch, which has been han­dling the case rather than reg­u­lar po­lice, said Dhaka Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesman Mun­tasirul Is­lam. They are sus­pected mem­bers of An­sarul­lah Bangla Team, a group blamed for some of the pre­vi­ous at­tacks on blog­gers.

Lo­cal media re­ported that Nahin was ar­rested in 2013 on a charge of at­tempted mur­der in an at­tack on blog­ger Asif Mo­hi­ud­din, who was in­jured. Nahin was freed on bail but was sup­pos­edly be­ing watched by de­tec­tives.

Last Fri­day, at least four men pos­ing as ten­ants en­tered an apart­ment build­ing and hacked to death the 28-year-old Ni­ladri Chot­topad­hay Niloy. The blog­ger’s wife, Asha Moni, filed a mur­der case against four un­named per­sons.

Friends of Niloy, who also goes by an online name of Niloy Chowd­hury, said he had re­ceived sev­eral threats that prompted him to re­move all his photos from his blog. They said he had a Face­book ac­count in which he crit­i­cized rad­i­cal Is­lamists at home and abroad, as well as hard-line views of other re­li­gions.

The fam­ily and friends said Niloy had sought po­lice pro­tec­tion af­ter he was threat­ened, but po­lice asked him to leave the coun­try for his safety.

Hours af­ter the killing, An­sar-alIs­lam, which in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials be­lieve is af­fil­i­ated with al-Qaida on the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent, sent an email to media or­ga­ni­za­tions claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and call­ing the blog­ger an en­emy of Al­lah. The au­then­tic­ity of the email could not be in­de­pen­dently con­firmed.


Sus­pected Mus­lim mil­i­tants Saad-al-Nahin, fore­ground third right, and Ma­sud Rana, third left, who were ar­rested in the last week’s killing of a sec­u­lar blog­ger, are es­corted to ap­pear be­fore the media in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Fri­day, Aug. 14.

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