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By Ivan Watson
Bangladeshi officials are investigating a claim of responsibility by al Qaeda’s wing in South Asia for the machete murder of a secular blogger in Dhaka.
“We are seriously looking into it,” said Anisul Huq, Bangladesh’s minister for law.
“Unless we are totally sure that this claim … is authentic, I don’t think we will be commenting on it.”
According to the jihadist monitoring group SITE, Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claims that the movement’s Bangladesh branch “carried out an operation to slaughter” Nazimuddin Samad in the nation’s capital.
Bangladesh police say the 26-year-old writer and graduate student was ambushed by attackers Wednesday night. The attackers slashed Samad with machetes and shot him before escaping the scene on a motorcycle.
Police tell CNN they have yet to make any arrests in the wake of the murder.
In its statement, al Qaeda accused Samad of being an “enemy of Allah.” It lists three of Samad’s posts on Facebook going back to 2013 as examples of his insults against Islam.
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