A leading bishop in Bangladesh's capital city is warning Christians that fanatical Islamic groups are killing people they deem as non-believers.
"We are aware, concerned but not alarmed. Fanatical groups are spreading death, but we hope that the government can control them. The pastoral and social activities of the Church continues," Mgr. Theotonius Gomes, the Bishop Emeritus of Dhaka, told Fides News Agency in a report on Tuesday.
Islamic radicals in Bangladesh have publicly targeted atheist writers and bloggers in the past few years, with extremists reportedly operating on a list of targets they claim have insulted Islam in online postings. more >>
The daughter of a Bengali professor who was killed by an Islamic extremist for allegedly being an atheist said her father believed in God.
Rezaul Karim Siddique, an English professor at Rajshahi University, was brutally murdered in a machete attack as part of a recent wave of violence against nonbelievers in the predominantly Muslim country.
Rizwana Hasin, daughter of the deceased, told the BBC that her father did in fact believe in God. more >>
The Bangladeshi wing of the Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda reportedly took responsibility for the latest in a series of murders of atheist writers and bloggers.
Ansar al-Islam, which is linked to al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, has claimed responsibility for the machete murder of Nazimuddin Samad, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors jihadist terrorism.
Samad, a student, was brutally murdered last week in the capital city of Dhaka, having been attacked first with machetes and then shot. more >>
Suspected Islamic radicals hacked a student to death on the streets of Dhaka and were reportedly heard chanting "Allahu Akbar" during the murder.
Dhaka Tribune reported that the student, 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad, was a law student at Jagannath University, who campaigned for secular causes on Facebook and spoke out against radical Islam.
Police in Dhaka said Samad was walking home with a friend following classes Wednesday night near Bahadur Shah Park when they were attacked by three assailants. The killers apparently intercepted the two student on a motorcycle and attacked them with machetes, hacking Samad to death, and later shooting him to make sure he was dead. more >>
Bangladesh's highest court will weigh this weekend whether Islam should be abandoned as the official state religion, leading thousands of Muslims to take to the streets in protest and threaten violence.
On Sunday, the Bangladesh Supreme Court will hear a petition to remove Islam as the official religion and make the 90 percent-Muslim nation a secular state for the first time in 28 years.
Although Bangladesh was originally formed as a secular state in 1971 when it won its independence from Pakistan, the nation's Constitution was amended in 1988 under the pressure of dictator H.M. Ershad to declare Islam as Bangladesh's official religion in order to help him win support over political enemies that attempted to oust him. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the fatal stabbing of a 68-year-old Christian convert in the South Asian nation of Bangladesh Tuesday.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, at least two unidentified radicals with sharp weapons killed a convert named Hossain Ali in the northern city of Kurigram after stopping him during his morning walk. The assailants were able to escape in a getaway vehicle after killing Ali and setting off a molotov cocktail.
According to the U.S.-based monitoring organization SITE Intelligence Group, IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) posted a message to Twitter Wednesday boasting that it killed Ali, who converted from Islam in 1999. more >>