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Bangladesh Killings: Hindu Priest Hacked to Death at a Temple in Broad Daylight

Bangladesh has witnessed a spike in suspected Islamist attacks in the last two years

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Bangladeshi citizen protesting against ISIS Image Source: todayonline.com
  • Although Islamic State has taken responsibility for some recent killings in the past, officials have continuously denied the presence of the group
  • A similar incident took place, in which a 70-year-old Hindu priest was killed
  • Police have not been successful at making any arrests yet

Unidentified assailants have shot to death another Hindu priest today at a temple in Bangladesh, confirmed police and senior administration.

Shaymanonda Das, 45, was brutally killed in front of a temple in Jhenaidah district headquarters, located 300 km south-west from the country’s capital Dhaka.

Mahbubur Rahman, the chief of Jhenaidah district administration said, “He was preparing morning prayers with flowers at the temple early in the morning and that time three young people came by a motorbike and killed him with machetes and fled away.”

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Talking about the further investigation to Reuters, he added, “The nature of killing was similar with the local militants, but we cannot say more at the moment,” quoted India Today.

Relative console Shefali Ganguly, wife of Anando Gopal Ganguly, Image Source: bbc.com

Although Islamic State has taken responsibility for some recent killings in the past, officials have continuously denied the presence of the group, alleging that home-grown groups are behind the recent killings.

While the motive behind the shooting is still not known, the police have been unsuccessful in making any arrest so far.

Earlier, on June 7 a similar incident took place, in which a 70-year-old Hindu priest was killed, when he was riding a bicycle to Naldanga Bazar to perform puja, reported The Hindu.

Ananda Gopal Ganguly was attacked by three men who came on a motorcycle carrying sharp arms.

Later, his body was found in a rice field by some farmers near his village. The Islamic terror group then took responsibility for the attack.

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Apparently, Bangladesh has witnessed a spike in suspected Islamist attacks in the last two years. Its victims have primarily been bloggers, online activists, secular intellectuals, and members of religious minorities.

Previously, Amnesty International has also demanded a thorough and impartial investigation into these gory incidents and proclaimed that the government should “protect those still under threat.”

The group added, “In the current climate of impunity, increasing numbers of people have reported facing threats that the authorities have repeatedly failed to address.”

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    What is the Bangladesh government doing?Aren’t they supposed to provide an answer as to who killed the priest? How long are they going to deny the presence of IS in their country?

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US Backed Fighters Say, ‘They Have Taken Position in Islamic State Enclave in Syria’

The enclave resembles an encampment, filled with stationary vehicles and rough shelters with blankets or tarpaulins that could be seen flapping in the wind during a lull in fighting as people walked among them

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Fire is seen during fighting in the Islamic State's final enclave, in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria March 17, 2019. VOA

U.S.-backed fighters said they had taken positions in Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria and air strikes pounded the tiny patch of land beside the Euphrates River early on Monday, a Reuters journalist said.

Smoke rose over the tiny enclave as warplanes and artillery bombarded it. Another witness said the jihadists had earlier mounted a counter attack.

“Several positions captured and an ammunition storage has been blown up,” said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia, on Twitter late on Sunday.

The enclave resembles an encampment, filled with stationary vehicles and rough shelters with blankets or tarpaulins that could be seen flapping in the wind during a lull in fighting as people walked among them.

Backed by air power and special forces from a U.S.-led coalition, the SDF has pushed Islamic State from almost the entire northeastern corner of Syria, defeating it in Raqqa in 2017 and driving it to its last enclave at Baghouz last year.

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The Islamic State group’s last pocket of territory in Baghouz, Syria, as seen from a distance on Sunday, March 17, 2019. VOA

But while its defeat at Baghouz will end its control of populated land in the third of Syria and Iraq that it captured in 2014, the group will remain a threat, regional and Western officials say.

The SDF has waged a staggered assault on the enclave, pausing for long periods over recent weeks to allow surrendering fighters, their families and other civilians to pour out.

Since Jan. 9, more than 60,000 people have left the enclave, about half of them surrendering Islamic State supporters including some 5,000 fighters, the SDF said on Sunday.

People leaving the area have spoken of harsh conditions inside, under coalition bombardment and with supplies of food so scarce some resorted to eating grass.

Last month, the SDF said it had found a mass grave in an area it captured.

Still, many of those who left Baghouz have vowed their allegiance to the jihadist group, which last week put out a propaganda film from inside the enclave calling on its supporters to keep faith.

Suicide attacks on Friday targeted families of Islamic State fighters attempting to leave the enclave and surrender, killing six people, the SDF said.

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Late on Sunday, the Kurdish Ronahi TV station aired footage showing a renewed assault on the enclave, with fires seen to be raging inside and tracer fire and rockets zooming into the tiny area.

The SDF and the coalition say the Islamic State fighters inside Baghouz are among the group’s most hardened foreign fighters, though Western countries believe its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left the area. (VOA)