Suspected Islamist held for Bangladesh gay activists’ murders

(From AFP)

Bangladesh police have arrested a suspected Islamist militant over the hacking to death of two gay rights activists, part of a spate of murders of intellectuals, writers and religious minorities, officers said Sunday.

Shariful Islam Shihab (C) in Dhaka on May 15, 2016 after his arrest in connection with the murder of two gay rights activists

Shariful Islam Shihab (C) in Dhaka after his arrest in connection with the murder of two gay rights activists

Xulhaz Mannan, an editor of a magazine for Bangladesh’s gay and lesbian community, and fellow activist Mahbub Tonoy were murdered in a Dhaka apartment last month by about six men carrying machetes and guns.

Police on Saturday arrested 37-year-old Shariful Islam Shihab, described as a member of a local Islamist militant outfit that has been blamed for a string of similar gruesome murders of secular and atheist bloggers.

“We’ve arrested one man in connection with the murder of Xulhaz Mannan,” Dhaka police spokesman Maruf Hossain Sorder said.

“He is a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team,” he said, adding that the two activists were murdered on the orders of the ABT leadership. Read More



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