University professor hacked to death on way to work



Professor A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique
Professor A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique

A university professor on his way to work in northwestern Bangladesh was hacked to death Saturday in an attack similar to other killings by suspected Muslim militants, police said.

A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was attacked on his way to the state-run university in the city of Rajshahi, where he taught English, deputy police commissioner Nahidul Islam said. The attackers used sharp weapons and fled the scene immediately, Islam said.

The attack was similar to recent killings of atheist bloggers in Muslim-majority Bangladesh by radical Islamists.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites. No further details were available.

At least three other professors at Rajshahi University have been killed in recent years, allegedly by Islamist groups.

Sajidul Karim Siddique, a brother of the victim of Saturday’s attack, said the professor was a “very quiet and simple man” who was focused on studying and teaching. He led a cultural group and used to edit a literary magazine.

“So far as we know, he did not have any known enemies and we never found him worried,” he said. “We don’t know why it happened to him.”

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been cracking down on militant groups, which it blames for deadly attacks in the past year on secular bloggers, minority Shiites, Christians and two foreigners. It accuses the opposition of supporting religious radicals in seeking to retaliate against the government for prosecuting suspected war crimes during the country’s 1971 independence war.

Some of the attacks were claimed by ISIS, but the government dismisses those claims and says the Sunni extremist group has no presence in Bangladesh.

Following Saturday’s attack, hundreds of students and teachers marched on Rajshahi University’s campus and blocked a highway, demanding justice.

Amnesty International condemned the killing and said those responsible must be brought to justice.

“The vicious killing … is inexcusable and those responsible must be held to account,” Amnesty’s South Asia director, Champa Patel, said in a statement. “This attack sadly fits the gruesome pattern established by Islamist extremist groups in Bangladesh who are targeting secular activists and writers.”

“The authorities must do more to put an end to these killings. Not a single person has been brought to justice for the attacks over the past year,” Patel said.

The Associated Press



6 responses to “University professor hacked to death on way to work”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Ohhh … TWO Islamic strikes against this guy … he was an educated Professor, and dared to teach English.
    (Should be a Muslim Scholar Forever, and teach Talibani.)

  2. taxpayer22 Avatar

    In 1971, Muslims raped and killed more than 2 million Hindus ; just in Bangladesh.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Stop polluting ignorant troll.
      Nearly 80% of Muslims are Asian or African, of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, less than 20% are Arab.

      1. Rudy1947 Avatar

        Wow, you didn’t blame the Jews yet. That’s extraordinary. I’m sure it won’t last long.

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, a rosh yeshiva (dean) of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in Brooklyn, New York whose public classes are streamed live worldwide, told his students Saturday night that “we” would love to kill all the non-Jewish residents of Hebron and the other cities and towns in the Land of Israel, just like we killed Canaanites in Biblical times.

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