Islamist extremists in Bangladesh claim responsibility for the killing of a 28 year-old, Nazimuddin Samad.
Samad is a law student at a University in Dhaka who has spoken out against radical Islam.
Ansar al-Islam, the Bangladeshi division of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) issues a statement confirming that its members carried out the vengeful attack on Samad as he was abusing “God, the prophet Muhammad and Islam”.
It cites examples from Samad’s Facebook page without giving the text of his posts.
While not giving the entire text of Samad’s post, the group mentions three examples of blasphemy by the law student where it’s basing its judgment and proceeds to execute the young man.
The statement said: “This operation was conducted to teach a lesson to the blasphemers of this land whose poisonous tongues are constantly abusing Allah, the religion of Islam and the Messenger under the pretext of so-called freedom of speech”.
Samad is seen walking with a friend after lectures at the University when three men on motorcycles shoot the youth to death; get off their bike, and hack his body before leaving the scene.
Coldblooded religion many assert.
Bangladesh is a major Muslim state and investigators suspect Samad as a target for his “outspoken atheism” and for “supporting a 2013 movement to demand capital punishment for war crimes involving the independence war against Pakistan in 1971”.
Samad’s Facebook posts shows he is a supporter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s secular Awami League Party.
His posts also show him criticizing ‘radical Islam’ and ‘promoted secularism’.
The undergraduate also backs the ‘ push for prosecutors to have more scope for going after suspected war criminals’.
Prime Minister Hasina’s government is fighting radical Islamists as he’s holding them accountable for the ‘deadly attacks last year on secular bloggers, minority Shiites, Christians and two foreigners’.
Hasina accuses the opposition of ‘supporting religious radicals in seeking to retaliate against the government for prosecuting suspected war crimes’.
Last year alone, at least five secular bloggers and publishers were killed by the banned Islamist group.
Although the sect claims responsibility for the killings, Bangladeshi government is dismissing the claims, insisting that ‘Sunni extremist group have no presence in the country’.
Bangladeshi police said investigations are ongoing and refuse to comment further.