Knife attack kills Bangladesh blogger Washiqur Rahman

A blogger has been hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, a month after a prominent atheist writer was killed in a similar attack.

Washiqur Rahman was attacked close to his home in Dhaka’s Begunbari area, a police official told AFP news agency.

Two students at an Islamic seminary have reportedly been arrested.

Last month, Avijit Roy, a US-based writer who had criticised religious intolerance, was killed in a machete attack while he was visiting Dhaka.

A man accused of threatening to kill Mr Roy on social media was arrested in that case.

Farabi Shafiur Rahman, described as a “fundamentalist blogger”, was said by police to have been linked to Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned in Bangladesh.

Mr Roy’s wife was also badly injured in the attack.

The killing provoked protests from students and social activists.