May 21, 2016 - 11:12am
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for killing of a homeopathic doctor who was hacked to death in Kushtia on Friday, The Straitstimes reported on Saturday quoting AFP.
"Fighters from the Islamic State assassinated a doctor who called to Christianity in Kushtia, western Bangladesh," the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said in a brief Arabic message, according to Site Intelligence Group.
Several unidentified miscreants hacked local homeopath Sanwar Hossain, 35, to death in Battal Shisir Math area in Kushtia town around 10am on Friday.
Saifuzzaman, assistant professor of Bangla department at Kushtia Islami University, was injured in the incident. He was flown by helicopter to Dhaka for emergency treatment.
The pair were both fans of a mystical musical tradition known as Baul, which is popular in Kushtia, with the doctor's brother-in-law saying Rahman used to arrange concerts at his home.
Friday's attack comes amid a wave of murders of liberals, secular activists and religious minorities by suspected Islamist militants in Bangladesh.
A Buddhist monk was hacked to death last Saturday while an atheist student, two gay rights activists, a liberal professor, a Hindu tailor and a Sufi Muslim leader have also been murdered since last month.
ISIS and a Bangladeshi branch of Al-Qaeda have said that they carried out several of the killings.
But the secular government in Dhaka denies that the two extremist groups are behind the attacks, saying they have no known presence in the country, and blames the killings on home-grown militants.