April 26, 2016

Muslims Murder US Embassy Worker and Gay Activist in Moderate Bangledesh

The latest in a series of murders in Bangladesh of those who speak out against Islam or have values contrary to Islamic teaching.

A U.S. embassy worker was one of two men murdered Monday evening in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, the U.S. State Department said today.

The employee, Xulhaz Mannan, was known as a "courageous advocate for LGBT rights," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at a briefing today. He was murdered in his home alongside a fellow activist, Kirby said. Local reports say the men were hacked to death.

"Xulhaz was more than a colleague to those of us fortunate to work with him at the U.S. Embassy," wrote Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat in a Facebook post. "He was a dear friend."

The embassy said it was a "brutal murder" that took the life of Mannan and another person, whom Amnesty International identified as Tanay Mojumdar.

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