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Bangladesh: Three poets get death threats

2 September 2015

According to The New Indian Express, Bangladesh police are investigating apparent death threats against six secular writers, days after the murder of a fourth blogger in six months.

The six, who include three poets, bloggers and a journalist, all live in the southern city of Barisal and went to police after their photographs appeared on a new Facebook page registered under the name Ansar-BD.

“There are three anti-Islamic poets and three organisers of bloggers. They are the enemy of Islam. We should do whatever it takes,” read the post.

Police said they did not know who was behind the threat but were taking it seriously, and that the country’s elite security force was investigating.

The apparent hit-list was published less than a week after blogger Niloy Chakrabarti was hacked to death at his home in the capital Dhaka by an unknown attacker. He was the fourth atheist blogger to have been killed since February 2015 when Bangladeshi-born US citizen Avijit Roy, a writer and moderator of a blog site, was hacked to death in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh branch of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, Ansar al-Islam, claimed the murder of Chakrabarti and warned of more to come, according to monitoring group SITE. Another Islamist militant group, Ansarullah Bangla Team, took responsibility for several killings of secular bloggers and was outlawed by Bangladesh in May 2015.


» Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.newindianexpress.com



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