This is so typically Islamic — ghastly slaughter in the cause of Islam, then blame the Jews.
Bangladesh is awash in the blood of non-Muslims, secular Muslim poets, free thinkers, and atheists — all in cause of Islam. There is no reflection, candor or analysis of what is wrong in Islam that fuels this hatred and violence. No, just more hate and libel against “the other.”
Hindu priest is shot and hacked to death by Islamists in Bangladesh – but country’s home minister says ISRAEL is to blame for spate of murders
Asaduzzaman Khan pointed to a ‘conspiracy’ involving Israel’s spy agency
Comes after a spate of killings of bloggers who spoke out about Islamists
Hindu priest, 70 has become latest victim in a series of gruesome murders
By Julian Robinson for MailOnline and Afp, 7 June 2016
A Hindu priest has been shot and hacked to death in Bangladesh in the latest gruesome killing carried out by suspected Islamists.
Unidentified bike-riding assailants shot and hacked Anando Gopal Ganguly to death while bicycling his way to a temple on Tuesday morning in Jhenaidah district.
It comes after the country’s home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan, claimed Israel was behind a spate of killings of bloggers who spoke out about Islamists.
A Hindu priest has been shot and hacked to death in Bangladesh in the latest gruesome killing carried out by suspected Islamists. Bangladeshi riot police are shown in this file picture
Police say the three men on a motorbike first shot Ganguly and then slashed him with sharp weapons before they fled the scene.
Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, investigators said the killing bore the hallmarks of recent attacks by Islamist extremists who have carried out 10 other similar killings in the last 10 weeks.
‘He left home this morning saying that he was going to a Hindu house to offer prayers,’ the district’s deputy police chief Gopinath Kanjilal told AFP.
‘Later, farmers found his near-decapitated body in a rice field.
‘We do not know the identity of the killers. His body was found in an isolated area and we do not believe there were any witnesses to the killing.
‘But the pattern of the killing is similar to ones carried out by local Islamist militants in recent time,’ Kanjilal added.
Victims of the recent murders by suspected Islamists have included secular bloggers, gay rights activists and followers of minority religions.
Although most of the recent attacks have been claimed by ISIS or the local offshoot of Al-Qaeda, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has blamed its domestic opponents for the attacks.
The country’s home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan (left), claimed Israel was behind a spate of killings of bloggers who spoke out about Islamist
Khan linked the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to the attacks, saying they were part of a wider conspiracy that also involved Israel’s spy agency, Mossad.
‘These killings are part of a national and international conspiracy. Those who are carrying out these incidents are communicating with Mossad,’ Khan told AFP.
A senior BNP official was charged with sedition last month for allegedly plotting against the state when he met an Israeli government adviser.
Aslam Chowdhury, a joint secretary of the party, was arrested after local media reported he had met the adviser, Mendi Safadi, in India in March.
According to the BBC, Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said any suggestion of Israeli involvement was ‘utter drivel’.
Bangladesh security forces have launched a crackdown and waged fierce gun battles with members of a homegrown jihadist group.
Two ‘high-ranking’ members of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were shot dead in a battle in Dhaka and another was killed in a northwestern district, police said.
The two JMB members killed in the capital had roles ‘in most of the recent attacks’ including the bombing of a Shiite mosque and the murder of a liberal professor, said deputy commissioner of police M.R Khaled.
Although it is officially secular, around 90 percent of Bangladesh’s 160 million-strong population is Muslim (file picture)
The third victim was killed in another gunfight in the town of Godagari in the northwestern district of Rajshahi, said local police chief Abu Forhad.
Bangladeshi authorities have been coming under mounting international pressure to end the string of attacks on religious minorities and secular activists that have left more than 40 people dead in the last three years.
Authorities have blamed homegrown Islamists for the attacks, which have surged in recent weeks, rejecting claims of responsibility from ISIS and a South Asia branch of Al-Qaeda.
Experts say a government ban on Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami following a protracted political crisis has pushed many towards extremism.
Jamaat is a traditional ally of the BNP whose leader, two-time former prime minister Khaleda Zia, is facing a series of charges in connection with deadly firebombings.
Although it is officially secular, around 90 percent of Bangladesh’s 160 million-strong population is Muslim.
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