Blogger’s murder: al-Qaeda claims responsibility

Avijit Roy, a bio-engineer by profession, was hacked to death by assailants with machetes on the streets of Dhaka in February.

Updated - November 16, 2021 10:26 pm IST

Published - May 04, 2015 04:25 am IST - DHAKA:

The offshoot of Al-Qaeda in Indian sub-continent has claimed responsibility for the >killing of secular Bangladesh-U.S. Writer-blogger Avijit Roy who was killed in Dhaka on February 26 this year.

AQIS leader Asim Umar said his organisation was responsible for the attack in a video posted on jihadist forums on Saturday, according to SITE, a U.S. website that monitors extremist groups.

Avijit Roy, a bio-engineer by profession, had been threatened on social media for his secular writings. He was hacked to death by assailants with machetes on the streets of the capital Dhaka in February. Critically injured, Avijit’s wife Bonya survived the attack.

In February last year, a purported audio tape from Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri dubbed Bangladesh government “anti-Islam and secular”. He called on Bangladeshi Muslims to “wage a battle to protect Islam”.

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