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3 arrested over the death of bloggers

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Police in Bangladesh have arrested three suspects — including a British citizen — in connection with the killings of two prominent bloggers, Avijit Roy and Anant Bijoy Das.

The suspects are suspected Islamist hardliners belonging a group known as “Ansarullah Bangla Team,” more commonly referred to as Ansar Bangla.

Authorities named the British suspect as 58-year-old Touhidur Rahman. According to Rahman’s passport, he was in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 2005, said police spokesman Maj. Gen. Maksudul Alam.

Rahman is suspected to be the main planner behind the bloggers’ killings, Alam told CNN. The two other suspects were identified as Bangladeshi citizens Sadeq Ali Mithu and Aminul Mollik.

Roy and Das are among at least four bloggers who posted online pieces critical of Islam and were killed this year in Bangladesh.

Imran Sarker, president of the Blogger and Online Activists’ Network in Bangladesh, welcomed the reported arrests. But, he said, “the level of involvement of the arrested suspects is not very clear. Members of our group are still getting death threats.

“Law enforcement agencies are not as active as we expect them to be. But the good news is: since the last killing, police have been more active (in) reaching out to threatened bloggers.”

Fundamentalists vs. secularists

Dr. Ajit Kumar Singh, of the South Asia Terror Portal in New Delhi, said Ansar Bangla is a newly emerged terror group. It’s said to be linked to al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, or AQIS, a branch of the Islamist extremist group that formed in recent years, he said.

Ansar Bangla is “one of the most active terror groups in Bangladesh now,” and was recently officially banned by the government there, he added.

“There is a battle going on in Bangladesh between fundamentalists and secularists,” Singh said. “A blogger like Niloy Neel, the last one who was killed, was openly questioning fundamentalist thought. Organizations like Ansar Bangla wanted to shut him up — and scare others into not talking.”

The alleged link to the United Kingdom is not surprising, Singh added, pointing out that British citizens have been found to be involved with Islamic fundamentalism in the past. “This is not the first time or the last time. Radicalization in Britain is a major concern,” he said.

‘Despicable’ killings

The list of bloggers killed just this year in Bangladesh makes grim reading.

In February, Roy, a Bangladesh-born American blogger, was killed with machetes and knives as he walked back from a book fair in Dhaka.

A month later, Washiqur Rahman, 27, 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.

Das, 32, was hacked to death with cleavers and machetes as he left his home on his way to work at a bank in May. And less than two weeks ago, Neel was murdered in his own Dhaka apartment.

Following his death, rights group Amnesty International urged Bangladesh’s government to send a strong message that killings aimed at silencing dissent are “despicable” and will not be tolerated.

According to Sarker, the struggle between fundamentalists and free thinkers began in early 2013, “when the liberal bloggers got united and started a movement against radicalization of the society by the militant groups.

“Before, the bloggers used to work on an individual level. When the young liberal bloggers in Bangladesh became unified and started being more vocal, the militant groups felt threatened and started threatening and killing bloggers.”

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Remember the freak couple caught having sex on the counter at Dominos Pizza shop? They have been sentenced…lol

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Remember the British couple caught having sex on the counter of Dominos Pizza shop some months ago? Well, they went on trial this week for breaking local public decency laws.

 

The woman is a bartender named Daniella Hirst and her boyfriend is Craig Smith. They were found guilty in court yesterday and sentenced to a fine and community service. They will not serve any jail time.

Remember the freak couple caught having sex on the counter at Dominos Pizza shop? They have been sentenced...lol

 

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President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

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President Buhari, his wife Mrs AIsha Buhari and daughter Halima joined President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and his wife Mrs Ermine Erdogan in a group photo during the Official Working Visit at the Presidential Palace Ankara Turkey today October 19th.  President Buhari joined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey also met Nigerian Footballer William Ekong who resides in Turkey.  President Buhari and his wife Mrs AIsha Buhari with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accompanied by his wife Mrs Ermine Erdogan joined by Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Ismail Karahman during a Luncheon hosted in honor of President Buhari. See more photos below

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

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Donald Trump is a “foul-mouthed man who pretends to be an idiot” – Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah

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Reacting to US President, Donald Trump’s intention to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has described Trump as “foul-mouthed” and someone who “pretends to be an idiot.”

 

He spoke before a group of what was described by his office as “hundreds of young elites and outstanding scientific talents” saying that the European opposition to Trump’s decision was “good, but not enough.”

 

“The Europeans must stand up against the US measures including the sanctions they anticipate to emerge from Congress,” he said.

 

Khamenei told his audience that he didn’t want to spend his time commenting on Trump saying “it would be a waste of time to respond to such blatherings and nonsensical remarks by the foul-mouthed US President who pretends to be an idiot, but this should not cause us to let our guard down. They want to take back young, faithful and developed Iran to 50 years ago, and of course this is not possible, but due to backwardness, they are incapable of understanding this reality, and for this reason they have made a miscalculation and suffered, and will suffer successive defeats at the hands of the Iranian nation,” he said.

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