LGBT activists hacked to death in Bangladesh

The world is mourning the death of two men who were murdered in Bangladesh on Monday. Here’s what you need to know.

By Bronte Price, PoliticKING

Two men in Bangladesh were reportedly hacked to death on Monday evening in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital. One of the men was the editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine, as well as a USAID worker. Before joining USAID last September, he worked for the U.S. Embassy for eight years. Both men were openly gay and were leading activist in the LGBT community.

The Bangladeshi division of al Qaeda, Ansar al-Islam, claimed responsibility for the killings on social media.

USAID identified the slain editor as Xulhaz Mannan on Monday, "Today, USAID lost one of our own," their statement read.

"He was the kind of person willing to fight for what he believed in, someone ready to stand up for his own rights and the rights of others," USAID Administrator Gayle Smith said in a press release.

Monday's attack is just one of many attacks in Bangladesh in recent years. A professor was hacked to death at a bus stop on Saturday and several bloggers have been targeted and killed, six in the past 12 months alone.

Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, the U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the attacks. "We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the Government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders," she stated. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the killing a “barbaric murder.”

"An act like this simply is beyond words, unjustifiable, inexcusable," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

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