The attack comes amidst a crackdown on hardline Islamist groups, which have increased activities in recent years in the South Asian nation.
Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, and his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Ahmed, were attacked on Thursday while returning from a book fair. Ahmed was seriously injured.
Police retrieved two machetes from the site, but have not yet identified any suspects.
They said they were investigating the involvement of Ansarullah Bangla Team, an Islamist extremist group based in Bangladesh that claimed responsibility on Friday for the murder.
Roy's family said Islamist radicals had been threatening him in recent weeks because he maintained a blog, "Mukto-mona", or "Freemind", that highlighted humanist and rationalist ideas and condemned religious extremism.
"Islamist radicals are behind my son's murder," Ajay Roy told reporters on Friday after filing a murder case with police. (Continue Reading.)
Friday, February 27, 2015
Atheist Blogger Avijit Roy Hacked to Death with Machetes in Bangladesh
According to the Obama Administration, the attackers simply needed jobs.