A local official of the USAID in Bangladesh and his friend editor of LGBT magazine were stabbed dead in Dhaka’s Kalabagan area Monday evening.
Zulhaz Mannan, the USAID staff, worked as a protocol officer of former U.S. ambassador Dan Mozena, it was learnt. Mannan,35, who was reportedly a cousin of former Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, was also the editor of Roopbaan, the country’s first ever LGBT magazine. His friend is Tanay Mojumdar.
The double murder took place in a second floor of a six-storied building only two days after the grisly murder of Rajshahi University professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee in the northern city of Rajshahi.
Like killings of several bloggers and free thinkers in the recent times, the international militant group ISIS claimed responsibility of the professor’s murder, reported the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group. But the law enforcers as well as the government denied organizational presence of the ISIS in the country.
- One victim was working for US embassy in Dhaka
- Editor at the country’s only magazine for the LGBT community was one of the other victim
- There have been a series of attacks on minorities,thinkers and people who thinks against the social rules in Bangladesh
Police officers said the attackers tricked the victims by saying that they are from courier service carrying a packet for Mr Mannan. The murders took place in front of a residential building around 6:15 p.m., Dhaka Metropolitan Police officer Ruhul Amin Sagar said.
Police could not immediately ascertain who were behind the attack or what their motive was.
But a section of the local media quoted officer-in-charge of Kalabagan Police station, said they suspect the involvement of militants in the killing.
A one of the leading and vibrant city like Dhaka a real spot of passion in the world is becoming unstable because of anti social elements. Killing is not at all a solution to any issues.