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Bangladesh: Buddhist monk hacked to death

Saturday 21 May 2016, by siawi3


AP | May 14, 2016, 10.25 AM IST

DHAKA: A 75-year-old Buddhist monk was found hacked to death Saturday in Bangladesh’s remote southeastern district of Bandarban, police said, the latest in a spate of murders of religious minorities and secular activists.

The body of Maung Shue U. Chak was found Saturday morning by his daughter-in-law when she went to give him some food, local police official Abul Khayer said. His throat had been slit overnight.

While no one immediately claimed responsibility for the killing, it follows a slew of murders in recent years of members of religious minority groups, foreigners, atheist bloggers and secular publishers in Bangladesh by suspected Islamist radicals. The killings have come amid growing concern that religious extremism is gaining ground in the Muslim-majority nation of 160 million.

The Islamic State group and an al-Qaida-linked group have claimed responsibility for some of the recent killings. But the authorities in Bangladesh insist that neither of the groups has a presence in the country. Instead, the authorities have blamed political opposition and local militant groups for the violence.

Last month, suspected Islamist militants killed two prominent gay rights activists, an atheist student and a university professor