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Police have arrested two men over the gruesome murder of atheist blogger Niloy Neel.
Neel was hacked to death at his home in Bangladesh by a gang armed with machetes at his home in the nation’s capital, Dhaka, last week.
The brutal attack was meted out on Neel by the group as a result of the secular views he shared online.
The men arrested are believed to be part of Islamic extremist group Ansarullah Bangla Team, a terrorist cell police say are linked to numerous attacks on bloggers.
The gang allegedly gained access to Neel’s property by pretending to be looking to rent a flat, before they gruesomely sent him to his death.
This type of attack is becoming all too common in the officially secular state, with three other murders on bloggers already having been committed this year.
Avijit Roy was murdered in February for voicing his thoughts on atheism and homosexuality. Washiqur Rahman was also hacked to death in March, and Ananta Bijoy Das was similarly killed by a machete-wielding gang in May.
What’s more, critics allege the government is indifferent towards protecting bloggers from threats of violence from extremist groups.
A truly sorry state of affairs that should make anyone living in a free state grateful for the liberties they enjoy.