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Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh, ISIS claims responsibility

Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 09:08
Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh, ISIS claims responsibility

Dhaka: In yet another shocking incident, a Hindu priest was stabbed to dead by suspected ISIS militants at a temple in Bangladesh on Sunday, police said.

The incident took place at the Deviganj temple near Panchagar, 308 miles north of the capital, Dhaka, where the priest, Jogeshwar Roy, 55, was organising prayers.

Five or six militant launched an attack and slit the throat of the priest, that led to his death. Terror group Islamic States has claimed responsibility for the incident in a statement issued via social media.

The militant group also shot and wounded a devotee who went to the aid of the priest.

The devotee who tried to stop the priest’s attackers was shot in the leg before the group fled, a police official said.

Bangladesh has experienced a wave of militant violence in recent months, including a series of bomb attacks on mosques and Hindu temples.

Police have arrested four people who are members of the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, the official said, rejecting the claim by ISIS which was issued through the Telegram messaging app and Twitter.

 

First Published: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 09:02

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