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Sunday, 15 May 2016
Bangladesh: Man held over murders of LGBT activists
Police in Bangladesh have arrested a man over the killing last month of a gay rights activist and his friend.
The suspect was identified as Shariful Islam Shihab, a former member of the banned Islamic group Harkatul Jihad.
Xulhaz Mannan, the editor of Bangladesh's first magazine for LGBT people, and fellow activist Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were killed last month.
Bangladesh has seen a surge in violent attacks against gay activists and other minority groups in recent months.
Few details were given about the arrest of Mr Shihab, 37. Monirul Islam, chief of Dhaka's counterterrorism unit, said the suspect had admitted being involved in the stabbing of the two men, although this was not independently verified.
Mr Islam said police were checking footage of the crime to see if Mr Shihab was visible.
Mr Mannan, 35, and Mr Tonoy, 25, were hacked to death at a flat in Dhaka. Another person was injured in the attack.
They had been responsible for organising Dhaka's annual "Rainbow Rally", held on Bengali New Year, 14 April, since 2014. This year's rally was banned by police as part of widespread security measures.