Bangladesh online activist murdered by Al Qaeda group
Bangladesh police said they are yet to find any blogs written by murdered online activist Nazimuddin Samad, but have found a diary he maintained since 2009.
An Al Qaeda linked group reportedly claimed the killing of Nazim, 27, for his “anti-Islam views”, but police said they have not found anything like that in his writings, bdnews24 reported.
Samad was ambushed on Wednesday night at the capital’s Sutrapur while he was on his way home from evening classes at the Jagannath University.
Assailants hacked him with machetes before shooting him.
Samad, who had moved to capital Dhaka from the eastern district of Sylhet a few months ago, was involved with Ganajagaran Mancha, the popular movement that campaigned to ensure maximum punishment for 1971 war criminals.
He was vocal on social media against religious fanatics.
Samad’s friends claim after he received death threats, he even deactivated his Facebook account for some time. He left Dhaka for Sylhet, following the threats. He returned to the capital after he assumed ‘the situation was normal.’
Last year, suspected hardliners hacked to death at least four secular bloggers and a publisher in one of a series of targeted killings in the Muslim-majority country.
Police arrested members of the banned group called Ansarullah Bangla Team for those murders, but none has yet been prosecuted.
“The government is creating impunity to all the offences by not bringing the perpetrators to book,” Maruf Rosul, one of the Ganajagaran Mancha activists, told the Guardian.
“Instead of pointing blame at different outfits, the government should identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”
Bangladesh government must take urgent, concerted measures to ensure the protection of all those being threatened by extremists ‘operating in the country’, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement following Samad’s death.
“We call on political and religious leaders to unequivocally condemn such murders, and on the authorities to swiftly investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was quoted as saying in a statement from Geneva.