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Hindu killings in Bangladesh infuse fear among minorities , ISIS claims responsibility but Govt denies

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A Hindu temple worker has been killed by three men on a motorcycle, local police have said, the latest of dozens of brutal attacks in Bangladesh.Shaymanonda Das, 50, was preparing for morning prayers at Radha Madan Gopal Temple in Uttar Kastasagara village when he was attacked .

Police said he was hacked on the neck several times with machetes.More than 40 people have been killed in attacks blamed on Islamist militants in Bangladesh since February 2013.
That includes secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists and members of religious minorities.
“Shyamananda was picking flowers for ‘puja’ just outside the temple when three assailants approached him on a motorcycle and hacked him down,” Jhenaidah SP Sheikh Altaf Hossain said.

“To make sure he died, they rained multiple blows to his head with sharp weapons.”

A similar attack took place on June 7 when Hindu priest Ananda Gopal Ganguly, 69, hacked to death in Jhenaidah Sadar’s Mahishdanga village.

Some of the killings have been clamed by the so-called Islamic State, however the government says IS does not have a presence in the country, and has blamed local militant groups.
This week, Bangladeshi police charged seven people over the murder of an Italian aid worker who was shot dead in Dhaka in late September.

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