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Editor of Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine ‘hacked to death’

By Ben Kelly

A senior editor at Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine has been hacked to death in an attack that left two people dead and one injured, local police have confirmed.

Xulhas Mannan and one other person were murdered when three people arrived at their apartment in Dhaka posing as couriers, The Independent reports. The men then attacked them, killing Mannan and one of person and injuring another

“Unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death”, a Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Maruf Hossain Sorder told AFP. “Another person was injured.”

Mannan was an editor for Roopbaan, an LGBT magazine, and was also a well-known regional activist.


It comes after a Bangladeshi university professor was murdered in a similar fashion on Saturday (April 23), in an attack which was later claimed by ISIS.

ISIS claimed responsibility for murdering Rezaul Karim Siddique, saying he had been executed for “calling to atheism.”

Earlier this month, an atheist activist and blogger Nazimuddin Samad was also murdered by Islamist extremists.

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