Einen Monat nach der Ermordung des prominenten atheistischen Bloggers Avijit Roy ist in Bangladesch ein Kollege von ihm getötet worden.
Der 27-jährige Washiqur Rahman sei am Morgen in der Hauptstadt Dhaka „mit großen Messern brutal zerstückelt worden“, sagte der örtliche Polizeichef Wahidul Islam. Demnach ereignete sich der Mord im Bezirk Begunbari wenige hundert Meter vom Haus des Manns entfernt. Unmittelbar danach seien zwei Verdächtige festgenommen worden, die versucht hätten zu flüchten.
Erst Ende Februar war Rahmans Kollege Roy bei der Rückkehr von einer Buchmesse in Dhaka mit Macheten angegriffen worden. Er erlitt tödliche Kopfverletzungen, seine Ehefrau Rafida Ahmed wurde schwer verletzt und verlor durch den Angriff einen Finger. Roy, der die US-Staatsbürgerschaft besitzt, war Gründer des Blogs Mukto-Mona, das sich in dem mehrheitlich muslimischen Land kritisch mit dem Islam auseinandersetzte. Wenige Tage nach dem Mord wurde als „Hauptverdächtiger“ der „fundamentalistische Blogger“ Farabi Shafiur Rahman festgenommen.
Blogger hacked to death in Dhaka
Global News: The killing took place a month after a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death in Dhaka. Two of the attackers were caught near the scene, police said. Two suspects, both students at Islamic schools, were captured and three meat cleavers were recovered, Sarker said. The third suspect fled, he said. One of the suspects told reporters they attacked Babu because he had disrespected Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
“I stabbed him because he humiliated my prophet,” said Jikrullah, a 20-year-old student at Hathajari Madrassah in the southeastern district of Chittagong, without elaborating. Jikrullah said he travelled from Chittagong and stayed overnight at a mosque to attack Babu. The other detained suspect, Ariful Islam, also 20, is a student at an Islamic school in Dhaka’s Mirpur area. They named a third suspect, but details about him were not available.
It was not immediately known what kind of blogging Babu did, but the suspects told police they targeted him for anti-Islamic writings, Sarker said. Two of Babu’s cousins told reporters at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where his body was being kept, that he recently joined a travel agency in Dhaka after finishing his studies, and they were not aware of any blogging he had done.
Local media reported that Babu had a Facebook page that contained the line “Iamavijit,” meaning he was a follower of Avijit Roy, the Bangladeshi-American blogger who was hacked to death late last month. Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, died after being attacked at Dhaka University as he was leaving a book fair with his wife. A previously unknown militant group, Ansar Bangla 7, claimed responsibility for the attack. Detectives have arrested one suspect in the case, and the FBI is helping with the investigation.