65-year-old Hindu priest brutally killed in Bangladesh

65-year-old Hindu priest brutally killed in Bangladesh

A 65-year-old Hindu priest was killed today by three bike-borne assailants inBangladesh while he was on his way to a temple, the latest murder in the Muslim- majority nation which has seen a string of brutal attacks on minorities and secular activists by Islamists.

Ananta Gopal Ganguly was attacked at around 9:30 a.m by three men who slit his throat with sharp-edged weapons in the western Jhinaigah district, Assistant Superintendent of Police Gopinath Kanjilal said, adding that militants carried out the murder.

Police said they have recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. An investigation was launched into the incident.

There have been systematic assaults in Bangladesh in recent months specially targeting minorities, secular bloggers, intellectuals and foreigners.

On Sunday, a Christian businessman was hacked to death by unidentified machete-wielding men near a church, hours after the wife of a top anti-terror police officer was shot dead by religious extremists.(more)

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