Xulhaz Mannan: Bangladesh LGBT editor hacked to death – BBC News

Two people including a gay rights activist have been hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka — the latest in a series of similar killings. The attackers tricked their way into the home of one of the victims, Xulhaz Mannan, who edited the country’s only gay rights magazine and worked for the US embassy. His friend, a law student (, Mahbub Rabbi,) was also killed. Police have blamed Islamist militants for a succession of killings of secular writers, academics and bloggers including a university professor who died on Saturday. A prominent blogger, Irman Sarker, has accused the government of maintaining a “deadly silence” on the killings. Sabir Mustafa, editor of the BBC’s Bengali Service joined out Impact program.