Dhaka – A suspected killer of a secularist activist killed in an attack earlier this year was arrested, police said on Monday.
The lawmen arrested one Rashidun Nabi, a suspected attacker of activist Nazimuddin Samad who was killed in the old part of Dhaka on in April this year.
Nabi was picked up from Dhaka’s Sayedabad neighbourhood, police spokesman Masudur Rahman said on Monday.
Samad, an online activist and critic of religious fanaticism, was hacked to death by unidentified assailants on April 7, 2016 when he along with two of his friends was returning home from classes at Jagannath University.
Ansar Al Islam, believed to be an affiliate of al-Qaeda chapter in Indian subcontinent, has claimed the credit of killing the Bangladeshi student who was vocal against religious extremism.
Samad was politically active and belonged to a student group linked to the ruling Awami League party.
He was also an activist in the Ganajagaran Mancha, which calls for the death penalty for crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence.
The Islamic State militant group and its local affiliated groups have already claimed responsibility for series of attacks on atheist bloggers, writers, priests, and people from minority religious groups.
The international terrorist groups also claimed responsibility of deadly attacks in July Dhaka and Kishoreganj districts that left more than 30 people killed.
On October 31, 2015 – Faysal Arfin Deepon, whose firm Jagriti had published the work of Avijit Roy, was stabbed to death in his office. Fellow publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and two writers were injured in an earlier attack.
August 7, 2015 – Attackers entered the apartment of blogger Niladri Chattapadhay and chopped him to death.
May 12, 2015 – science writer and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was killed in the north-eastern city of Sylhet.
March 30, 2015 – Oyeshekur Rahman Babu, an atheist writer, was chopped to death in central Dhaka after he criticized Islam.
February 26, 2015 – Bangladeshi-born US writer Avijit Roy, founder of the secular blog site Muktomona, was hacked to death as he was leaving a university book fair in Dhaka.