09 April 2016

Banned Al Qaeda group say they hacked law student to death for 'abusing' Islam in Bangladesh

A banned Islamist group in Bangladesh tied to the al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed responsibility for the killing of a law student who had spoken out against radical Islam.

The killing of 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad on Wednesday night follows a string of similar attacks last year, when at least five secular bloggers and publishers were killed allegedly by radical Islamists.

Ansar al-Islam, the Bangladesh division of al-Qaida, said in a statement that its members carried out the attack in 'vengeance.' It said that Samad 'abused' God, the Prophet Muhammad, and Islam.'

t cited three examples from Samad's Facebook page without giving the text of his posts.

'This operation was conducted to teach a lesson to the blasphemers of this land whose poisonous tongues are constantly abusing Allah, the religion of Islam and the Messenger under the pretext of so-called freedom of speech,' the statement said. It could not be verified independently. [Mail on Sunday] Read more