HEY LIBS: ‘Religion of Peace’ Extremists Claim to Have Killed Well Known American Atheist Blogger

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Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed responsibility for the murder of an American atheist blogger in Bangladesh over two months ago, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

Avijit Roy was hacked to death by two assailants with machetes on the streets of the capital Dhaka in February as he returned from a book fair with his wife.

AQIS leader Asim Umar said his organisation was responsible for the attack in a video posted on jihadist forums on Saturday, according to SITE, a US website that monitors extremist groups.

He also claimed the murders of other “blasphemers”.

A spokesman for Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force, which is tasked with tackling militancy in the Muslim-majority nation, said it couldn’t be certain the claim was correct.

“We are not sure,” Mufti Mahmud told AFP when asked if Al Qaeda was behind the deaths of Avijit and anti-Islam writers Ahmed Rajib Haider and Washiqur Rahman.

Read more: The Daily Star

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