Hindu priest’s throat cut in temple


A Hindu priest was  killed and a devotee injured in northern Bangladesh on Sunday in the latest attack on minority religious figures in the predominantly Muslim nation.

Police suspect the outlawed Islamist organization Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh carried out the attack, said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Bangladesh Police.

The 50-year-old Hindu priest was attacked by two assailants in a temple in Bangladesh’s northern district of Panchagarh on Sunday morning, Panchagarh district police chief Giasuddin Ahmed said.

The attackers approached on a motorcycle, hurling grenades and firing bullets at the temple, before slitting the priest’s throat and fleeing, Ahmed said.

A devotee at the temple was also injured in the assault.

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No arrests had yet been made, the police chief said.

Police had recently ramped up security in Hindu temples and centers in the district after receiving anonymous threats, Ahmed said.

The killing is just the latest attack on minority religious figures and institutions in the country in recent months.

In October, a Christian pastor was attacked in the northwest of the country, and the following month, an Italian Catholic priest was attacked in the north. Both men survived.

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