Al Qaeda-linked group claims Bangladesh killing

World Friday 08/April/2016 21:41 PM
By: Times News Service
Al Qaeda-linked group claims Bangladesh killing

Dubai: A group affiliated with Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the killing of a liberal Bangladeshi blogger this week, the SITE monitoring service said on Friday, citing a statement posted by the group online.
Ansar Al Islam, the Bangladesh division of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), said its members had carried out the attack as "vengeance" against blogger Nazimuddin Samad over Facebook posts.
Reuters was not immediately able to verify the authenticity of the message but SITE said the group had provided a link to its digital signature to verify it.
The 28-year-old was killed in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Wednesday by attackers wielding machetes, the latest in series of murders of secular activists by suspected militants.
The postgraduate law student was attacked as he was returning from a class at his university, police said.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri announced the formation of AQIS in 2014 in a video posted online .