Bangladesh Blogger Stabbed in Second Fatal Extremist Attack

A blogger was stabbed to death in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, the second attack in as many months after religious extremists murdered a U.S. online activist.

Two attackers were arrested on the spot in the Tejgaon industrial area and have confessed to killing 27-year-old Washiqur Rahman for “hurting religious sentiments,” Biplob Kumar Sarker, deputy commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said by phone Monday.

The killing of Rahman is “another clear example of the Bangladeshi government’s utter failure to ensure the safety of those at risk,” Abbas Faiz, a Bangladesh researcher at London-based Amnesty International, said in an e-mailed statement.

Avijit Roy was hacked to death in Dhaka on Feb. 26 and his wife was critically wounded in a machete attack. The science writer, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was known for his writings against religious extremism.

Rahman is the third blogger to have been murdered in the country in two years and the fifth writer to have been attacked since 2004.

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