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Student activist hacked to death in Bangladesh

Published 07/04/2016

Police stand guard following the death of a student activist in Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP)
Police stand guard following the death of a student activist in Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP)

A student activist has died after being hacked and shot as he was walking with a friend in the capital of Bangladesh.

Police in Dhaka said at least three men riding on a single motorbike carried out the killing on Wednesday night.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Officers suspect 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad was targeted for his outspoken atheism in the Muslim majority country, and for supporting a 2013 movement to demand capital punishment for war crimes involving the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

The killing follows a string of similar attacks last year, when at least five secular bloggers and publishers were killed, allegedly by radical Islamists.

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