Surge in Violence: Another Hindu Priest Hacked to Death in B’desh

Although ISIS has claimed responsibility for the rampage, authorities believe homegrown extremists are at play.

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Representational image of a Hindu priest. (Photo: iStock)

A Hindu priest named Shaymanonda Das (45) was hacked to death in front of a temple in Jhinaidah district headquarter, 300 kms (188 miles) south west from the capital Dhaka on Friday, police and senior administrative officials said.

Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people, has seen a surge in violent attacks in few months on liberal activists, members of minority Muslim sects and other religious groups by Islamist extremists.

Police said they did not know the motive behind the killing of the Hindu priest and no one had been arrested.

He was preparing morning prayers with flowers at the temple early in the morning and that time three young people came by a motor bike and killed him with machetes and fled away. The nature of killing was similar with the local militants, but we can not say more at the moment.
Mahbubur Rahman, Chief of Jhenaidah District Administration

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for some of the recent killings although the government denies the Sunni militant group has a presence in the country, saying homegrown extremists are behind the attacks.

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