'IS claims credit' for Pabna Hindu murder

11 June,2016

RTNN News Desk: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the recent murder of a Hindu man in Bangladesh, reports SITE.

Several hours after the killing on Friday, SITE ran a report citing the militant group-run Amaq News Agency that said “IS fighters in Bangladesh” had killed the Hindu monastery staff.

Nityanando Pandey, 62, was hacked to death at Hemayetpur near Sri Sri Thakur Anukulchandra Satsang Ashram where he had been working as an attendant for four decades.

Attacks on minorities have been on the rise in Bangladesh in recent times.

The latest murder took place barely three days after a Hindu priest's killing in Jhenaidah, allegedly by IS militants, who have threatened more such attacks.

IS had claimed credit for the killing of a Christian man in Natore on June 5 and a Buddhist monk in Bandarban on May 14. The militant group had accepted responsibilities for other attacks in Bangladesh in recent months.

The government says local militant groups are carrying out the murders to destabilise the country.

Militants have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh, including members of religious minorities, liberal bloggers and academics, since February last year.

IS has claimed responsibility for 21 of the attacks since its first claim in September last year and Al Qaeda has claimed most of the rest, according to SITE.

The government denies either group has a presence in Bangladesh and says domestic militants are responsible.

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