Two arrested in Bangladesh blogger murder

Two suspected Muslim militants have been arrested over the killing of a secular blogger in Bangladesh, the fourth such deadly attack this year.

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Saad-al-Nahin and Masud Rana, suspected members of Ansarullah Bangla Team, a group blamed for some of the previous attacks on bloggers, were arrested on Thursday evening.

Local media reported that Nahin was arrested in 2013 on a charge of attempted murder in an attack on blogger Asif Mohiuddin, who was injured.

Nahin was freed on bail but was supposedly being watched by detectives.

Last Friday, at least four men posing as tenants entered an apartment building and hacked to death 28-year-old Niladri Chottopadhay Niloy.

Friends of Niloy, who also goes by an online name of Niloy Chowdhury, said he had received several threats that prompted him to remove all his photos from his blog.

They said he had a Facebook account in which he criticised radical Islamists at home and abroad, as well as hard-line views of other religions.

The family and friends said Niloy had sought police protection after he was threatened, but police asked him to leave the country for his safety.

Hours after the killing, Ansar-al-Islam, which intelligence officials believe is affiliated with al-Qaeda on the Indian subcontinent, sent an email to media organisations claiming responsibility.

The authenticity of the email could not be independently confirmed.

The US has expressed its concern over the killing, while the UN called for Bangladeshi authorities to ensure accountability.

In February, Bangladeshi-American Avijit Roy was hacked to death on the Dhaka University campus while walking with his wife.

Two others were attacked and killed in March and April, one in Dhaka and another in the northeastern city of Sylhet.

Investigations into the previous cases made no headway.

Islam is Bangladesh’s state religion, but the Muslim-majority country is governed by secular laws based on British common law.