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Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh

Shaymanonda Das, 50, was attacked by three armed assailants on a motorbike

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Publish Date: Jul 1 2016 11:10AM | Updated Date: Jul 1 2016 11:10AM

Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh

 A Hindu priest was hacked to death on Friday in Jhenaidah district, the latest of brutal attacks in Bangladesh.

 
Shaymanonda Das, 50,  was attacked by three armed assailants on a motorbike, bdnews24 reported.
 
Jhenaidah SP Sheikh Altaf Hossain said this murder resembles similar killings elsewhere in the country, where motorcycle-borne militants shot and hacked down secular bloggers, publishers, writers, Hindu priests, Buddhist monks, Christian pastors and even foreigners.
 
Quoting an eyewitness, a woman, Hossain said the murder occurred around 5.20 a.m.
 
"Shyamananda was picking flowers for 'puja' just outside the temple when three assailants approached him on a motorcycle and hacked him down," Hossain said.
 
"To make sure he died, they rained multiple blows to his head with sharp weapons."
 
A similar attack took place on June 7 when Hindu priest Ananda Gopal Ganguly, 69, hacked to death in Jhenaidah Sadar’s Mahishdanga village.