Report: I of II Hindu Priest Hacked to Death
A Hindu priest has been killed in the northwestern Bangladesh district of Jhenaidah in what police suspect to be a militant attack.
The priest Anando Gopal Ganguly was attacked on Tuesday morning by three men, who came on a motorcycle, said Assistant Superintendent of Police Gopinath Kanjilal.
Armed with sharp weapons, the assailants slit 69-year-old Ganguly’s throat around 9:30am while he was on his way to the temple he served.
Kanjilal said that the Ganguly was on his bicycle, when the assailants first hit him on his head with a stick before slaughtering him.
“It seems that militants might be responsible for the killing,” said Kanjilal.
Monitoring group SITE Intelligence reported that Middle East-based Islamic State claimed the murder.
In January this year, homeopath Samir Ali was found murdered inside his chamber in Jhenaidah after unidentified miscreants knifed him to death.
The local Christian community claimed then that Ali preached Christianity after his conversion and that’s why the militants killed him.
IS reportedly claimed responsibility for the killing.
Bangladesh has seen a rise in suspected militant attacks in the last two years targeting bloggers, online activists, members of religious minorities and rights activists.
The IS and the al Qaeda have reportedly claimed responsibilities for many of these attacks.
In the last two days, incidents of two other targeted killings occurred in Bangladesh. In one of them, police suspect militant’s link and IS reportedly claimed the other one.
>> A senior police officer’s wife was stabbed and shot in the head in the port city of Chittagong. Three men,on a motorcycle, attacked her while she was on her way to drop her 6-year-old son to school.
>> The same day, a 60-year-old Christian man in the northern district of Natore was hacked to death inside his shop in a Christian neighbourhood. IS has reportedly claimed the killing.
Law enforcers have been blaming Islamist radicals for the killings in the last two years, mostly in the country’s north-west
On May 14, a Buddhist monk was found murdered inside a monastery in the hill tract district of Bandarban, which the IS reportedly claimed.
In the northern district of Panchagarh, a head priest of a temple was hacked to death. Three assailants on a motorcycle armed with guns and sharp weapons took part in the killing in February this year.
After arresting a few people over the murder, police said that operatives of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were behind it.
On Mar 22, a 1971 War veteran in the northern district of Kurigram, who had converted into Christianity, was killed after three men hacked at him with sharp weapons before fleeing on a motorcycle.
In April this year, a Hindu tailor, who had been in jail in a case of hurting religious sensitivities, was murdered in Tangail in a similar way— three assailants using sharp weapons.
Two people were injured when shots were fired and bombs were hurled at a temple in the northern district in Dinajpur on Dec 10 last year.
Locals managed to nab one of the attackers and police later said that militants were behind it.
On Nov 18 last year, unidentified gunmen on motorcycle shot an Italian priest in Dinajpur town, who had survived the attack.
The 78-year-old, a doctor by profession, served at a local church and worked in a hospital in the northern district town.
In October last year, three men in Pabna tried to murder a Christian priest inside his home.
On May 21 this year, a 55-year-old homeopath in Kushtia, who preached the syncretic Baul culture, was hacked to death by three men coming on a motorcycle. IS reportedly claimed the killing.
USAID official Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were hacked to death in the capital on Apr 25 this year, when assailants barged into his apartment. Both of them were LGBT rights activists.
SITE Intelligence reported that the al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed the murders.
The AQIS came into spotlight after it claimed the February 2015 murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy on the Dhaka University campus.
The Bangladesh government have been denying the existence of IS and AQIS in the country and blames ‘home-grown terrorists’ for the killings.
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Report: II of II
The Canadian Connection:
After the near-decapitated body of a 68-year-old Hindu priest was found in western Bangladesh on Tuesday, the local ISIL affiliate claimed responsibility in a communiqué that vowed to “cleanse” the country of “filth.”
It was the latest in a wave of sectarian killings in Bangladesh — many of them attributed to a regional franchise of ISIL that is reportedly led by a Canadian and former southwestern Ontario resident named Tamim Chowdhury.
“He is from Windsor,” said Prof. Amarnath Amarasingam, a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University’s Resilience Research Centre. “People who knew him say he was a quiet guy. Not much else is known about him at the moment.”
According to a report in the Bangladesh newspaper The Daily Star, Chowdhury now uses the alias Shaykh Abu Ibrahim Al-Hanif, who was identified in the latest edition of the ISIL propaganda magazine Dabiq as the “emir” of its branch in Bangladesh.
In the magazine, distributed in April, Al-Hanif comes across as a violent hatemonger, referring to Hinduism as a “filthy, cow-worshipping religion” and threatening to “slaughter” those who did not subscribe to his militant version of Islam.
“We let our actions do the talking,” the lengthy interview quoted him saying. “And our soldiers are presently sharpening their knives to slaughter the atheists, the mockers of the prophet and every other apostate in the region.”
Although not large, the Bangladeshi ISIL branch is believed to have committed more than two dozen murders over the past 18 months, Zayadul Ahsan wrote in the Daily Star, which said some members were veterans of the Syrian conflict.
“Targets of the so-called IS include a wide spectrum of people — Hindu, Christian, Buddhist or Bahai leaders,” as well as Shias, spiritual leaders, university teachers, religious converts and foreigners, among others, Ahsan wrote.
The latest victim was reportedly Ananda Gopal Ganguly, who was riding his bicycle to his temple to conduct a prayer service on Tuesday when three men approached him from behind on a motorcycle and hacked him to death.
Indian diplomats visit Hindu priest murder site:
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“He left home this morning saying that he was going to a Hindu house to offer prayers,” the AFP news agency quoted the local deputy police chief, Gopinath Kanjilal, saying. “Later, farmers found his near-decapitated body in a rice field.”
The assassination followed the murders this week of a Christian grocer and the wife of a police officer in the anti-terrorism unit. The regional al-Qaida affiliate, AQIS, is also believed to be behind some of the roughly 40 killings by extremists since last January.
“Soldiers of the Caliphate were able to carry out a security operation in the killing of a polytheist Hindu priest by slaughter,” ISIL said in a statement posted on social media, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. “The knives of the mujahedin will continue to cleanse Bangladesh from the filth of the polytheists and apostates.”
Prof. Amarasingam, who has been researching foreign fighters, said he had heard that Chowdhury had returned home to Bangladesh after complaining about being “harassed” by Canadian police and had subsequently emerged as a leader of the regional ISIL affiliate.
“Bengal is an important region for the Khalifah and the global jihad due to its strategic geographic position,” Al-Hanif said in his Dabiq interview, adding that “having a strong jihadi base in Bengal will facilitate performing guerrilla attacks inside India.”
The terrorist group aspired to “liberate the region,” starting with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Myanmar, he said, claiming the killings in Bangladesh had “brought hope to the Muslims in Bengal after a lengthy pause in jihad in the region.”
About 180 extremists have left Canada to take part in terrorism abroad, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said in March. Another 60 have returned to Canada and police have prevented dozens more from leaving.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale outlined his national security agenda in a blog post this week in which he said the government will soon be collecting basic passport information from those exiting Canada. “This fills a significant security loophole,” he said.
The Liberals had also made arrangements for “stronger co-operation on no-fly lists to deny air travel to those who pose serious risks to aviation security or are likely to travel abroad for the purpose of engaging in terrorism,” he wrote.
A national community outreach and engagement office was to be launched in the summer, he said. “Its purpose will be to develop and coordinate expertise in identifying those who could be vulnerable to the pressures and appeals of radicalization to violence, and to connect with them constructively in advance to head-off tragedies before they happen.”
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by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
In order to defeat this common enemy of our’s; the Hindu, the Christian, the Buddhist and all others from the minority communities must unite together as one. One United Coalition must be formed within these minority communities today! Not tomorrow, but today. This is no longer an option or recommendation, but rather a necessity for self-preservation.
A defensive posture must be taken within this NEW ‘Unified Community’ and a line must be drawn in the sand. And anytime this line is crossed by an aggressor, there must be hell to pay. Anytime there is an act of aggression against any ‘one’ member of the ‘Unified Community’ ..it will be perceived and recognized as an act of aggression against ‘all’ in the ‘Unified Community.’ Any initiating/offensive action by a perpetrator or group of perpetrators, with the intent to cause harm and/or that which results in the injury and/or death, to one or more in the ‘Unified Community’ must be met with a swift, decisive and equally harsh response. And this response must be in accordance with “Resolution 10:1”
Resolution 10:1 is a defensive-measure for dealing with unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression, with the intended objective being, the halt of all future unwarranted attacks.
An act of aggression against the ‘Unified Community’ must be met with a measured (equivalent) response, that should be directed towards 10 individuals of similar positions within the community from which the initial aggression arose. This MUST be done for each and every act of aggression against the ‘Unified Community’ regardless of the crime.
Then, and only then, will these horrific crimes against our innocent begin to cease.
Who among you are ready to take a leadership role in your community today and make this happen?