Photo: Avijit Roy / Associated Press
By Mohiuddin Kader
A new Al Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility for the killing of a Bangladeshi American blogger, although police say they believe the attack was carried out by homegrown militants who may have links to the international terrorist group.
In a video circulated online, the leader of Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent said its operatives hacked Avijit Roy to death with a butcher knife in February, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant groups online. The secularist blogger was with his wife when he was attacked in a Dhaka street.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police detectives, however, said Monday that they believe a local radical group, the Ansarullah Bangla Team, was behind the blogger’s death, possibly with the help of Al Qaeda training.
Ansarullah Bangla has also claimed responsibility for Roy’s death, using a Twitter account that police have not been able to verify as genuine.
Police spokesman Monirul Islam said investigators are looking into whether Ansarullah Bangla members received training from Al Qaeda.
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