- Nazimuddin Samad, a Bangladeshi writer, was hacked with machetes, then shot
- Human rights groups have asked whether the U.S. could grant refuge to writers at risk
- A Bangladeshi government official says writers need to tell authorities if they're threatened
(CNN)A young writer is ambushed on his way home from evening classes. The attackers hack Nazimuddin Samad with machetes and then shoot him, leaving him dead in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Witnesses say they heard the attackers shout: "Allahu akbar."
Minister: Writers must ask for protection
Machete attacks on writers who are critical of Islam
- October 2015: Publisher and secular blogger Faisal Arefin Dipan was hacked to death in Dhaka. Three other publishers and bloggers were also hacked and injured in coordinated attacks that day. Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, or AQIS, claimed responsibility for the assaults, saying Dipan and the others made derogatory remarks about the Muslim faith.
- August 2015: Blogger Niloy Neel was hacked to death in his Dhaka apartment. Neel had condemned the killings of his fellow bloggers and had also contributed to the Mukto Mona platform. Ansar al Islam Bangladesh, an al Qaeda group, claimed responsibility for the killing
- May 2015: Writer Ananta Bijoy Das was hacked to death with cleavers and machetes as he left his home on his way to work at a bank. Das contributed to the Mukto Mona as well.
- March 2015: Blogger Washiqur Rahman was hacked to death by two men with knives and meat cleavers just outside his house as he headed to work at a travel agency in Dhaka. He was so maimed -- with wounds to his head, face and neck -- that police identified him through the voter identification card he was carrying.
- February 2015: Bangladesh-born American blogger and writer Avijit Roy and his wife were attacked while leaving a speaking engagement at an annual book fair on the Dhaka University campus. In one of his books, titled "The Virus of Faith," Roy compared religious extremism to a highly contagious virus. The book infuriated some Islamists. His wife, Rafida Ahmed, survived the attack, but suffered four machete stabs in her head and a mutilated left hand. She told CNN: "Criticizing Islam is becoming a very big crime -- a sin -- in Bangladesh."
- February 2013: Secular blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was hacked to death outside his home in Bangladesh by attackers with machetes. Two of the seven men arrested in connection with Haider's murder received the death penalty.