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IS claim responsibility for professor's murder in Bangladesh

So-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the "brutal murder" of a university professor in Bangladesh.

So-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the murder of Rezaul Karim Siddiquee Credit: REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

It comes after police confirmed two people on a motorcycle had ridden up to Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, an English professor at Rajshahi University, before slitting his throat and hacking him to death on Saturday.

According to officers Siddiquee was found lying in a pool of blood near his home, where he had apparently been waiting for a bus to the university campus - about 200 kilometres (125 miles) northwest of Dhaka - when he was attacked.

University professor brutally murdered in Bangladesh

A university professor was brutally murdered in Bangladesh in the latest attack on liberal activists by suspected Islamist militants, local police have said.

Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, an English professor at Rajshahi University, was murdered Credit: Google Maps

Police official Golam Sackline said at least two people on a motorcycle had ridden up to Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, an English professor at Rajshahi University, before slitting his throat and hacking him to death.

He said the pattern of the murder was similar to a string of recent violent attacks by Islamist militants in the country, targeting members of minority Muslim sects, liberal activists and other religious groups.

"We are investigating the killing," he added.

Bangladesh executes opposition leaders for war crimes

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were hanged in Bangladesh Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Bangladesh has executed two opposition leaders for historic war crimes.

A senior police official told Reuters Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals for clemency after they were accused of war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan.

Mujahid was reportedly an Islamist opposition leader and Chowdhury was the former legislator of ex-premier Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

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Secular book publisher hacked to death in Bangladesh

A secular book publisher has been hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, police say.

The body of Faisal Abedin Deepan, of the Jagriti Prokashoni publishing house was found inside his office, senior police officer Shibly Noman said.

In a separate attack in Dhaka, publisher Ahmed Rahim Tutul was attacked in his office and seriously wounded along with two writers.

Both had published books by Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death in February, one of four secular bloggers killed in Bangladesh this year.

The attacks come amid fears about the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh.

At least 22 die at free clothing giveaway in Bangladesh

The stampede took place in the northern city of Mymensingh. Credit: Google Maps

At least 22 people including a child have been killed in a stampede during a charity clothing handout in Bangladesh.

Police officer Kamrul Islam said another 30 were injured in the northern city of Mymensingh.

Hundreds of people had gathered outside the home of a local businessman and stormed in when the gates opened.

Stampedes are common at religious places and during charity handouts in South Asian countries.

1,000 land in Asian refugee 'floating coffin' crisis

Over 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Burma and poverty in Bangladesh have landed in south-east Asia, describing killings, extortion and near-starvation after a harrowing journey at sea.

An increasingly alarmed United Nations warned against "floating coffins" and urged regional leaders to put human lives first. The US urged governments not to push back new boat arrivals.

The waves of weak, hungry and dehydrated migrants who arrived yesterday were the latest to slip into countries that have made it clear they are not welcome.

But thousands more are still believed stranded at sea in what has become a humanitarian crisis no one in the region is rushing to solve.

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