Dhaka (AFP) - The publisher of an atheist writer killed earlier this year by suspected Islamists was hacked to death in Bangladesh Saturday, only hours after two secular bloggers and another publisher were also attacked.
Faisal Arefin Dipan, 43, the owner of Jagritee publishers, was killed in his third-floor office in central Dhaka, apparently hacked to death.
Both attacks in the capital Dhaka -- the latest in a wave of violence targeting secular activists -- followed the same pattern, with the assailants attacking the men with machetes and cleavers, leaving them in a pool of blood and padlocking their offices from the outside as they left, police said.
Earlier in the day, nknown assailants stabbed the publisher of slain blogger Avijit Roy along with two bloggers in Dhaka's Lalmatia area on 31 October. Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, 43, publisher of Shuddhwashawr, and bloggers Ranadipam Basu, 50, and Tareque Rahim, 30, were attending treatments at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.