(From AFP)

A local Sufi Muslim leader has been found hacked to death in Bangladesh in a suspected Islamist killing, police said on Saturday, two weeks after the Islamic State (IS) group claimed the murder of a liberal professor in the same northwestern district.

a liberal professor was brutally hacked to death last month by machete-wielding ISIS militants who slit his throat near his home in Rajshahi city
A liberal professor was hacked to death in April by machete-wielding IS militants near his home in Rajshahi city

Mohammad Shahidullah (65) had been missing since leaving home on Friday morning before villagers found his body Saturday night in a pool of blood in a mango grove in Rajshahi.

It comes amid a troubling rise in violence against religious minorities, liberal activists and foreigners in Bangladesh, with six murders since the start of last month alone.

“He was not a famous Sufi. But there could be a possibility that he was killed by Islamist militants,” Rajshahi district police chief Nisharul Arif said. Read More

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