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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.