Student activist, who spoke out for atheism, hacked to death in Bangladesh

Student activist, who spoke out for atheism, hacked to death in Bangladesh
Bangladeshi police officers investigate at the spot where three motorcycle-riding assailants hacked student activist Nazimuddin Samad to death. Pic: AP

A student activist has died after being hacked and shot as he was walking with a friend in the capital of Bangladesh.

Police in Dhaka said at least three men riding on a single motorbike carried out the killing on

Wednesday night.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Officers suspect 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad was targeted for his outspoken atheism in the Muslim majority country, and for supporting a 2013 movement to demand capital punishment for war crimes involving the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

The killing follows a string of similar attacks last year, when at least five secular bloggers and publishers were killed, allegedly by radical Islamists.

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