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Monday, 6 June 2016
Wife of Anti-Islamist Police Chief Murdered in Bangladesh
Sunday's brutal murder is the latest in a string of killings targeting high profile anti-Islamists in Bangladesh.
Mahmuda Aktar, 33, was brutally murdered on Sunday by suspected Islamist militants while on her way to drop off her son on a school bus in an attack in Bangladesh. Her husband, Babul Aktar, is a prominent police superintendent who has played a key role in cracking down on Islamist militants in the region.
"Babul Aktar is an efficient police officer and played a key role in apprehending Islamists," Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said. “They might have killed his wife because they failed to get him."
Babul Aktar had recently closed down several Jamaat-ul-Mujahideenhideouts.
"She was stabbed first. Then they shot her in the head three times," recounted Humayan Kabir, deputy police commissioner of Chittagong, the southern port city where she was murdered, toldReuters.
There have been a string of murders by terrorists over the past three years in Bangladesh, all targeting high-profile secularists, rationalists and opponents of Islamist extremism. The government has failed to act to protect those targeted from murder, fostering a climate of fear in the country.
In April 2016, the editor of the country's first gay rights magazinewas murdered along with a police officer. Three days earlier, a university professor was murdered by the Islamic State.
In an unrelated attack, Machete-wielding men stabbed and killed Christian businessman Sunil Gomes, 65, near a church in northwestern Notore district. They fled after the murder. ISIS laterclaimed responsibility for the attack.