Dhaka: The ‘Bangladesh branch’ of al-Qaeda in Indian Sub-continent has claimed responsibility for the murder of blogger Niladri Chatterjee Niloy in Dhaka. An e-mail in this regard has been sent on Friday. In the past, a purported Twitter account of AQIS claimed responsibilities for the killings of bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das.
A gang armed with machetes hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka on Friday in the fourth such murder in Bangladesh since the start of the year, an activist group and police said.Niloy was murdered after the gang broke into his apartment in the capital's Goran neighbourhood, according to the Bangladesh Blogger and Activist Network which was alerted to the attack by a witness. "They entered his room in the fifth floor and shoved his friend aside and then hacked him (Neel) to death. He was a listed target of the Islamist militants," the network's head Imran H. Sarker told AFP.