In a shocking incident of impunity against outspoken writers, a 60-year-old blogger was shot dead in Bangladesh.
Shahzahan Bachchu, who ran a publishing house named Bishaka Prokoshani was shot dead in his ancestral village Kakaldi in Munshiganj district.
The writer had reportedly gone out to meet a friend at a pharmacy shop near his house when the attackers blasted a crude bomb to distract the people. Midst the chaos, Bachchu was dragged out and shot at.
The case is being investigated as a part of targeted Muslim killings in the country.
Since 2013 about 10 bloggers have been killed in Bangladesh. Arefin Dipan who was hacked to death in 2015 at his office, ran a blog named Jagriti Prakashini, before which popular blogger Aviijt Roy who ran a blog named Mukto Mona for all secularists, atheists and thinkers was hacked to death in the same year.
The list continues with Niloy Neel, who espoused atheist views, was hacked to death in his home in Dhaka and in 2016 when Xulhaz Mannan a senior editor of LGBT magazine, Roopban, was hacked to death.