Bangladeshi al Qaeda wing declares war on atheists

Apr 12, 2016

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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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11 comments on “Bangladeshi al Qaeda wing declares war on atheists

  • This kind of execution is more typical of, say, feuding between drug gangs. At least there everyone can understand the motive – money, power, territory.

    But executing someone because of a handful of online posts denying the existence of that which does not exist… what’s the point? To dissuade others from posting their non-belief?

    Presumably they believe it’s good “PR”, winning supporters or at least silencing dissenters.

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  • “I don’t find your argument convincing” is not an insult. It could be looked on as a request for more information.

    In the process of gaining converts, the candidates “insult” Islam over and over. But Muslims take this as a good sign. So long as the candidate is expressing his doubts, there is still a chance he may convert.

    “There is no evidence to support Islam other than the Qur’an” is not an insult, just a statement of fact. Muslims must have faith based on the testimony of the Qur’an alone.

    “Islam treats women badly” is an observation about the freedom of women in Muslim vs other countries. It is an objective statement of fact. Surely Muslims are proud of suppressing women.

    Insulting one small group of Muslims is not insulting all Muslims. Further, it is not insulting Islam. Surely nobody claims that all Muslims live up to the ideals of the Qur’an.

    Those easily insulted are petty. They imagine that finding insult when none was intended is evidence of piety.

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    Pinball1970 says:

    This has been going on for a while in this country with calls to kill/hang atheists and implant stricter Islamic laws. Plenty of posts on RD on here in the last 12 months

    It seems every time a blogger opens their mouth in comment on this religion they are under very real threats of violence.

    The article above describes 100s of 1000s of Islamists (bad muslims) in a country that is 90% muslim (good muslims)demonstrating causing mayhem and killing.

    With the continued deluge into to Europe from these Islamic countries, we can expect calls for Islamic laws here too and why not?

    If enough vote for it, in it goes, it is how it works.

    All they need are numbers and that appears to be one thing they are not short on.

    The only difference between what the terrorists are doing now to secular Europeans and what Islamic courts could be doing in the future is that one is not legal and the other could be.

    Perhaps muslims in Europe do not want Islamic laws? Are not concerned about blasphemy laws, segregation or are even that bothered about the religion?

    A sort of peaceful hippy Maajid Nawaz, style Islam?

    Polls suggest otherwise.

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  • Pinball1970 #3
    Apr 13, 2016 at 8:17 am

    With the continued deluge into to Europe from these Islamic countries, we can expect calls for Islamic laws here too and why not?

    Senior German conservative politician Andreas Scheuer has said German must become the language of the country’s mosques and that foreign funding from Turkey and Saudi Arabia must stop.

    The general secretary of the CSU, sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, said political Islam was undermining integration.

    In his interview with German daily Die Welt, Mr Scheuer said Mr Erdogan’s response was “hard to bear” and that Europe should not abandon its enlightened principles.

    Asked about Turkey’s role in funding German mosques, he called for an Islam law that prevented foreign and sometimes extreme values from being imported from abroad.

    “Financing of mosques or Islamic kindergartens from abroad, such as from Turkey or Saudi Arabia, must be stopped,” he said. “All imams have to be trained in Germany and must share our values. German must become the language of the mosque.”

    Some three million people in Germany have at least one parent from Turkey and most mosques in Germany are part of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), a branch of the main Turkish religious authority.

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  • Those bigoted god-delusions viciously defend their ignorance and backwardness!

    A university professor has been hacked to death in Bangladesh, in an attack police say is similar to a number of killings of secular bloggers and atheist activists in the past months.

    AFM Rezaul Karim Siddique, 58, was a professor of English at Rajshahi University in the west of the country.

    He was attacked with machetes by unidentified assailants while on his way to the university from his home.

    Deputy police commissioner Nahidul Islam told AFP news agency that Siddique had been involved in cultural programmes, and had set up a school at Bagmara, a former bastion of outlawed Islamist group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

    Members of JMB were arrested over an assault on an Italian Catholic priest late last year.

    Earlier this month a Bangladeshi law student who had expressed secular views online died when he was hacked with machetes and then shot in the capital, Dhaka.

    The four bloggers killed last year had all appeared on a list of 84 “atheist bloggers” drawn up by Islamic groups in 2013 and widely circulated.

    There have also been attacks on members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus. And two foreigners, an Italian aid worker and a Japanese man, were also shot dead late last year, in seemingly random attacks.

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    The daughter of a Bangladeshi professor who was hacked to death in a murder echoing the killing of several secularists says he was not an atheist.

    So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the death of Rezaul Karim Siddique, who was killed on Saturday.

    A statement from the militant group accused him of “calling to atheism”.

    But his daughter Rizwana Hasin told the BBC that her father believed in God, and that she had no idea why he was targeted.

    He was a professor – to the know-it-all deluded in areas of backwardness, all forms of objective knowledge are threats to their egotistical delusions!

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  • Religion really does have an overwhelming urge to stick its nose into other people’s sex lives!!

    A senior editor on Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine has been hacked to death in the capital Dhaka, police say.

    Another person was also killed and one person injured when attackers entered an apartment.

    The gay rights activist was an editor at LGBT magazine Roopbaan and also worked at the US development agency USAID, friends said.

    The killing comes two days after a university teacher was hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants.

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