Three attackers drove up to a Bangladeshi Hindu tailor’s shop on motorcycle, dragged him out and hacked him to death. Islamic State militants took credit for the murder. According to police official Abdul Jalil who spoke to witnesses, attackers fled after killing 50-year-old Nikhil Chandra Joardar outside his shop in Tangail, 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the capital Dhaka.
Islamic State militants later took responsibility, saying that Nikhil had blasphemed Prophet Muhammad, according to US-based monitoring service SITE. This is only days after Bangladeshi gay rights campaigner and his friend were hacked to death in Dhaka.
In the last few years, Islamist militants have targeted atheist bloggers, academics, religious minorities and foreign aid workers. Nikhil’s death is linked to a complaint against him for making a derogatory comment about Prophet Mohammad in 2012, for which he was jailed for a few weeks. Bangladesh denies an ISIS presence in the country, saying that home-grown militants groups are behind the attacks.