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Another Atheist Blogger in Bangladesh Has Been Murdered

A fourth secularist blogger has been hacked to death by radical Islamists in Bangladesh. Niloy Neel, an online activist, was attacked in his own home by a group of machete-wielding Islamists. Attacks on members of the atheist and secular blogger community in the country are becoming tragically common, after many have publicly decried radicalism and promoted anti-extremism. The four victims of the violence so far were all part of a list of atheist bloggers that has been distributed by local Islamists for years. In a statement to the BBC, the head of the Bangladesh Blogger and Activist Network said, “He was the voice against fundamentalism and extremism and was even a voice for minority rights—especially women’s rights and the rights of indigenous people.”

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