Around The World: Secular Publishers Attacked In Bangladesh

Islamist militants attacked the owners of two publishing houses in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in October. Faisal Abedin Deepan and Ahmed Rahim Tutul, the owners of Shudhdhoswar and Jagriti Prokashoni publishing houses, were stabbed by a mob in their offices.

Deepan died of his wounds, and Tutul remains in critical condition. Two writers were also wounded in the attacks.

The Associated Press reported that Tutul had recently received death threats for his work. Both men had published the writings of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi atheist murdered by militants in Dhaka in February. It remains unclear if all three were targeted by the same group.

Dhaka police have announced they suspect Ansarullah Bangla Team, a banned extremist group, orchestrated the attack, but it has not claimed credit. It did, however, claim responsibility for Roy’s murder.

Militants have murdered five Bangladeshi secularists so far this year.