Two more killed by Islamic terrorists in Bangladesh

Two more killed by Islamic terrorists in Bangladesh April 26, 2016

 Xulhaz Mannan, right, a top gay rights activist and editor of Roopbaan, the country’s only LGBT magazine, was hacked to death yesterday together with another man associated with the publication, Tanay Mojumdar, left.
According to the BBC, the US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Mannan, who had recently worked at the US embassy. Marcia Bernicat said:

I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi. We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders.

Pink News reports that Bangladeshi police have detained a college student and claimed to have found some “important evidence” in connection with the savage killings.
The two men were killed two days after a university teacher was hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants.
So-called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility – but the Bangladeshi government insists there is no IS presence in the country.
BBC Bengali Service editor Sabir Mustafa said staff at Roopbaan, a magazine and activist group for the LGBT community that had not been condemned by the government and received some support from foreign embassies, had been careful to protect their identities but had not believed their lives were at risk.
Suspected extremists in Bangladesh are gaining a sense of security that they can carry out killings with impunity, he says.
A British photographer who knew Mannan and Mojumdar, said they and other friends had set up Roopbaan with the aim of spreading tolerance.
Homosexuality is technically illegal in Bangladesh and remains a highly sensitive issue in society.
Both men were openly gay and believed that if more gay Bangladeshis came out then the country would have to accept them, the photographer said. They were also were behind the annual “Rainbow Rally”, held on Bengali New Year, April 14, since 2014. This year’s rally was banned by police as part of widespread security measures.
The photographer said:

Both were extremely gentle, non-violent and aware that being openly gay and active in their work was a personal danger.

Their killings were likely to spread fear among Bangladesh’s gay community, he added
Until a year ago the only threat to coming out was shame of the family and having to start a new life elsewhere in Bangladesh. Now it’s one of danger.
Meanwhile Bangladesh’s best known blogger said he had received a death threat on Sunday.
Imran Sarker, who led major protests by secular activists in 2013 against Islamist leaders, said he had received a phone call warning that he would be killed “very soon”.
Earlier this month, a Bangladeshi law student who had expressed secular views online died when he was hacked with machetes and then shot in Dhaka.
Last year, four prominent secular bloggers were also killed with machetes.
The four bloggers had all appeared on a list of 84 “atheist bloggers” drawn up by Islamic groups in 2013 and widely circulated.

There have also been attacks on members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus.
Two foreigners – an Italian aid worker and a Japanese farmer – have also been killed.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh is officially secular but critics say the government has failed to properly address the attacks.
Hat tip: Trevor Blake.

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  • Kamashima san

    If islamists can justify the hacking to death of people they don’t like then surely its ok for me to declare my absolute hatred of islam. I dislike all religions, all of them, but I hate islam with a passion.
    I say stop aid to and press sanctions on to Bangladesh until their government (if it can be called that) roots out it islamist murder squads.

  • Broga

    “Both were extremely gentle, non-violent and aware that being openly gay and active in their work was a personal danger.”
    This is so poignant, so desperately sad that these two extremely gentle and courageous men, the best that society has, are hacked to death by brutes. W,B.Yeats comes to mind.
    “Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.”

  • Broga

    “Kamashima san : Well said. I feel revolted and sickened by these murders and a sense of impotence and paralysis from governments in responding.

  • Peter Sykes

    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.” – Winston S. Churchill

  • I was encouraged to see ten thousand Muslims in the street for the ‘not in our name!’ protests against these murders over the past week.
    Wait, that’s not quite right. I would be encouraged to see such protests. But I never do. Never. No amount of murder in their name gets them in the streets protesting. Only if somebody draws the wrong cartoon or writes the wrong novel do they show up in the streets by the tens of thousands.
    I don’t want Muslims murdered, I want them mocked and debated into shamed silence followed by an end to their murdering. Muslims and Muslims alone are majority true believers committing the murders in the early 21st Century.

  • Robster

    I must say, we people often labeled as islamophobic are certainly nicer in our response than those other ones.

  • 1859

    Murder squads prepared to hack down anyone with an open mind. If religion is a stain on the world’s underpants, Bangladesh must be the world’s diarrhoea. Never go there.

  • Newspaniard

    The trouble is that Bangladeshis are coming to the UK to join their fanatical brothers already here. They are waiting for the tipping point where they can kill on the streets with impunity, as they can in their home country.

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