This student blogger was hacked to death for his anti-Islam views
Nazimuddin Samad, a Bangladeshi law student was just killed for voicing his secular views, in the most gruesome way: hacked to death with machetes and then shot.
Samad, who was just 29, had recently criticized Islamic extremists on Facebook--he was was against Islamic fundamentalism and was known for his activism. The cops in the city of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, have already called it a targeted killing.
He was on his way home from class when he was attacked in a busy neighborhood by four men who were shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great!"). They hit him on the head with the machete, and when he fell down, they shot him. He died on the spot.
— Malika Bilal (@mmbilal) April 7, 2016
And it gets worse: This has happened before.
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) April 7, 2016
It's actually the fourth killing of an anti-Islamist blogger in Bangladesh in the past year.
Groups have asked for increased protection from the government to no avail. Press protection laws in the country have always been criticized.
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 7, 2016
A hard-line Islamic group actually released a list of atheist and anti-Islamist bloggers. Everyone who was murdered was featured on the list.
Meanwhile, students at Samad's university took to the streets to demonstrate against his death.
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