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Bangladeshi blogger 'murdered by machete-wielding attackers'

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By Everton Gayle  with REUTERS, AFP
Bangladeshi blogger 'murdered by machete-wielding attackers'

<p>A Bangladeshi blogger committed to secularism was hacked to death in his apartment by a group of attackers bearing machetes, it’s been claimed.</p> <p>Niloy Chkrabarti, 40, an advocate of splitting church and state, was killed in his flat in the capital, Dhaka, said police.</p> <p>“We are speechless. He was demanding justice for killing of other bloggers,” said Imran Sarker, head of a network of activists and bloggers. “Who will be next for demanding justice for Niloy?”</p> <p>Chatterjee, who used the pen-name Niloy Neel, was a critic of religious extremism that led to bombings in mosques and the killing of numerous civilians, Sarker said.</p> <p>The murder of Chkrabarti, who wrote under the name of Niloy Neel, was the fourth of its kind this year in Bangladesh.</p> <p>“Six people have knocked on his door, claiming to want to rent an apartment. Two took him to a room where they were massacred,” said police official Muntashirul Islam.</p> <p>In February, machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin and critic of religious militancy, Avijit Roy, and seriously injured his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Bonya Ahmed. </p> <p>In May, Ananta Bijoy Das, an atheist blogger, was killed by a commando armed with machetes.</p>