The Bangladesh branch of Al-Qaeda is claiming responsibility for Friday’s murder of a secular blogger in the capital city of Dhaka, the fourth blogger in Bangladesh slaughtered with machetes this year alone.
Murdered blogger Niloy Neel.
According to the monitoring group SITE, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) branch Ansar al-Islam warned of more murders of bloggers to come in the Muslim-majority country: “In a communique issued in Bengali and English, and posted on its Facebook and Twitter accounts on August 7, 2015, Ansar al-Islam declared the attack to be ‘vengeance’ for the honor of the Prophet Muhammad, and vowed similar operations in the future against its enemies. The group threatened: ‘If your ‘Freedom of Speech’ maintains no limits, then widen your chests for ‘Freedom of our Machetes.'”
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