A university professor was hacked to death by a gang of attackers while on his way to work in northwestern Bangladesh. A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was attacked on his way to the state-run university in the city of Rajshahi, where he taught English.
The attackers used sharp weapons and fled the scene immediately, according to deputy police commissioner Nahidul Islam. ISIS have claimed responsibility for the horrific attack.
The attack was similar to recent killings of atheist bloggers in Muslim-majority Bangladesh by radical Islamists. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites. No further details were available.
At least three other professors at Rajshahi University have been killed in recent years, allegedly by Islamist groups.
Sajidul Karim Siddique, a brother of the professor, said he was a ‘very quiet and simple man’ who was focused on studying and teaching. He led a cultural group and used to edit a literary magazine.
‘So far as we know, he did not have any known enemies and we never found him worried,’ Sajidul said. ‘We don’t know why it happened to him.’