The daughter of a Bangladeshi professor who was hacked to dying in a homicide echoing the killing of a number of secularists says he was not an atheist.
So-referred to as Islamic State (IS) stated it was behind the dying of Rezaul Karim Siddique, who was killed on Saturday.
A press release from the militant group accused him of “calling to atheism”.
However his daughter Rizwana Hasin informed the BBC that her father believed in God, and that she had no concept why he was focused.
“The investigators are investigating nonetheless, and we’re nonetheless ready to see the outcomes,” she stated.
“We nonetheless do not know what was the rationale. Perhaps [a] misunderstanding, perhaps one thing else. It is nonetheless a perhaps for me and it is nonetheless a perhaps for my household.”
Siddique, fifty eight, was a professor of English at Rajshahi College within the nation’s north-west. He was attacked with machetes as he left for work.
He based a music faculty and edited a literary journal, his household stated.
Police consider he might have been focused by extremists as a result of he was concerned in cultural actions. They’ve detained a member of an Islamist scholar organisation for questioning.
Hardline Islamist teams dislike anybody concerned within the cultural subject, the BBC’s Dhaka correspondent Akbar Hossain says.
Bangladeshi authorities have rejected IS’ declare to that assault, saying the organisation doesn’t exist within the nation.
Siddique is the fourth professor on the college to be have been killed in recent times by suspected Islamists.
Earlier this month, a Bangladeshi regulation scholar who had expressed secular views on-line died when he was hacked with machetes after which shot in Dhaka.
Final yr, 4 outstanding secular bloggers have been additionally killed with machetes.
The 4 bloggers had all appeared on an inventory of eighty four “atheist bloggers” drawn up by Islamic teams in 2013 and extensively circulated.
There have additionally been assaults on members of spiritual minorities together with Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh is formally secular however critics say the federal government has did not correctly handle the assaults.
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