The senior editor of Bangladesh’s only LGBTI magazine has been hacked to death, police have said.
Xulhaz Mannan, the editor of Roopbaan – a source for LGBTI news and entertainment in the country, was one of two people who were killed by machetes in the attack in the capital, Dhaka.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesperson Maruf Hossain Sorder told AFP: ‘Unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death. Another person was injured.’
The other person killed is believed to be Tanay Fahim, also a LGBTI activist.
According to local media, it is believed the attackers gained entrance to the building promising they had a ‘package’ for Mannan.
Mannan was the organizer of Bangladesh’s Rainbow Rally, a protest for LGBTI rights held on 14 April since 2014. It was banned by police this year over ‘security’ reasons. Mannan had said they had received threats online from Islamic extremists.
The killing has occurred two days after a university professor was killed in a similar attack. ISIS have claimed responsibility.
In an article for the Guardian in 2014, Mannan wrote: ‘In a country where the whole concept of sex and sexuality is a taboo, we are learning to navigate our ways by highlighting “love” as the center of all, as a human right that can’t be denied, hoping for better, and may be “faster”, acceptance.. some day!’