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Popular science fiction writer Zafar Iqbal stabbed in Bangladesh

Zafar Iqbal

Zafar Iqbal   | Photo Credit: NAZMUSH SHAMS/WIKI

Popular Bangladeshi science fiction writer and educationist Prof. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal was stabbed in northeastern Sylhet this afternoon.

The attacker stabbed Prof. Iqbal on his head from behind with a sharp weapon on the campus around 5:30 pm, the police said.

The writer was attending a programme organised by Electronic and Electrical Engineering department of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology when he was attacked. Prof.Iqbal, a teacher of the university, has been taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for treatment. Though bleeding, he was still able to speak, a witness said.

The attacker was caught red-handed by the general students of the university but his identity and the motive of the attack could not be known immediately. Some students believe militants may have been responsible for the attack as Prof. Iqbal has been an outspoken opponent of militancy and Communalism, and had recently criticised the practice of ragging on campus.

It is not immediately clear whether the attack was related to this either.

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