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Hindu ashram worker hacked to death in Bangladesh

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DHAKA — Unidentified attackers have hacked a 62-year-old Hindu ashram worker to death in Bangladesh — the latest in a series of such attacks on religious minorities in the mainly-Muslim country.

Police said Nitya Ranjan Pandey was taking his regular early morning walk when he was attacked.

“Several attackers hacked him in the neck … he died on the spot,” local police chief Abdullah Al-Hasan said.

“He had been working at the monastery for around 40 years.”

The killing came days after an elderly Hindu priest and a Christian were hacked to death in attacks claimed by Islamic State.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for this latest killing.

However, the head of police in the north-western district of Pabna where the Shri Shri Thakur Anukulchandra Ashram is located, said the killing bore the hallmarks of recent attacks by Islamist extremists.

“There was no eyewitness to the attack as it happened very early in the morning,” Alamgir Kabir said.

Bangladesh is reeling from a wave of murders of secular and liberal activists and religious minorities that have left nearly 50 people dead in the last three years.

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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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