The murder of magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan shocked Bangladesh late April: Police have announced they may have found one of his killers.
Mannan, 35, was found hacked to death and shot in Dhaka, Bangladesh in a series of attacks on Bangladesh’s intellectual and atheist community.
He was the editor of Bangladesh’s first gay and lesbian magazine, Roopbaan. With Mahbub Tonoy, 25, who was also murdered, he organized the Rainbow Rally on Bengali New Year, 14 April.
They both also worked for the government aid organization, USAID.
The two were killed in brutal fashion by six men armed with machetes and guns. Police have now arrested suspected Islamic militant Shariful Islam Shihab, 37, believing him to be one of the assailants.
‘We’ve arrested one man in connection with the murder of Xulhaz Mannan,’ Dhaka police spokesman Maruf Hossain Sorder said in a press conference.
Shibab is thought to be a member of Harkatul Jihad: a radical Islamist group banned in Bangladesh.
An elderly Buddhist monk was found hacked to death on Saturday in a temple in Bandarban. Three men are currently being held in connection with the killing.
Homosexuality is illegal in Bangladesh and is rarely acknowledged.