The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the hacking death of a Hindu priest during an attack on a temple in Bangladesh yesterday.
According to this report, Jogeshwar Roy, 55, who was organising prayers at the Deviganj temple near Panchagarh, about 300 miles north of the capital Dhaka, was attacked by five or six men .
The attackers stabbed Roy to death and also reportedly shot and wounded a devotee who tried to save the priest.
Panchagarh district police Chief Giasuddin Ahmed said that police had recently received several anonymous threats following which they ramped up security in Hindu temples and centers in the district.
IS said in a statement in Arabic, issued through the Telegram messaging app and Twitter:
In a security operation facilitated by the almighty God, soldiers of the Caliphate liquidated the priest Jogeshwar Roy, the founder and the head of the Deviganj temple that belongs to the infidel Hindus
One of his companions was hurt after being targeted with light weapons in the area of Panchagar in Northern Bangladesh, and the Mujahideen returned to their positions unharmed, and all praise be to God.
However, police reportedly said that they suspect a local militant group to be behind the attack.
Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Bangladesh Police, said that the outlawed Islamic organization Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh is suspected to be behind the attack.
This group is responsible for most of the attacks on Shiite mosques, Hindu temples, churches and religious leaders across Bangladesh since October.
Police have so far arrested four people who are members of the local militant group, police official Humayun Kabir said, rejecting the claim by ISIS.
In recent months, Bangladesh has witnessed several attacks, including those on mosques and Hindu temples. Some of the attacks have been claimed by ISIS, but the government denies that the militant group, which controls large parts of Iraq and Syria, has a presence in the country of 160 million people.
In October, a Christian pastor was attacked in the country’s northwest, and in November, an Italian Catholic priest was attacked. Both men survived the attacks.
In November, a Shiite mosque was attacked in Bogra in northern Bangladesh, leaving one dead and three injured. The attack was claimed by IS.
Bangladesh has also experienced the killings of six secular writers since 2013.