Niloy Neel was an atheist blogger promoting secularlism in Bangladesh. This fatal attack against him is the 4th on freethinking advocates; the fifth if you count writer, Ahmed Rajib Haiderfollow, killed in the same way in 2013. Fundamentalists will vehemently fight to staunch progress.
A 40-year-old secular blogger was hacked to death at his flat here on Friday by five machete-wielding assailants. This is the fourth such brutal murder in Bangladesh this year.
Neel was killed by unidentified assassins, posing as potential tenants, who entered the building where he lived with his family. He supported a free, secular and independent state of Bangladesh. A fellow activist said: “He was the voice against fundamentalism and extremism and was even a voice for minority rights – especially women’s rights and the rights of indigenous people.”
Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for killing secular bloggers in Bangladesh whom it described as ‘blasphemers’ but the radical group Ansar Bangla Team had also claimed responsibility for the deaths. The actions are related to activity labeled Gonojagoron Mancha (National Awakening Stage), a social movement demanding capital punishment for Abdul Quader Mollah, and others, convicted of war crimes including rape and mass murder during the country’s war of liberation.
Think blogging and speaking out isn’t important? It’s seriously important work.
See more on previous murders: Writers in Bangladesh, critical of religious dogma, murdered in the street.
UPDATE 14-Aug 2015 Two arrested over Bangladesh blogger Niloy Neel killing