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IS claims killing of Kushtia doctor
Staff Correspondent
Published :Sunday, 22 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 35
The Islamic State (IS) on Saturday claimed the responsibility for killing a homeopath doctor in Kushtia, according to a report of US-based SITE Intelligence Group.
Mir Sanowar Rahman, 55, was killed on Friday by machete-wielding attackers, who came on a motorcycle. "Amaq News Agency of the international militant group IS reported that IS fighters in Bangladesh killed a doctor who "called to Christianity" in the western district of Kushtia," SITE Intel Group tweeted early on Saturday.
The Daily Observer independently failed to verify the IS claim. The attack also left his friend Md Saifizzuaman, teacher of Kushtia's Islamic University injured. He is being treated at a Dhaka hospital. After several such killings earlier, SITE Intelligence Group was the first one to post tweets on the claims.
The doctor and his friend were riding a motorcycle on their way to a weekly free clinic he had been operating.
The doctor and his friend were both fans of a mystical musical tradition known as Baul, which is popular in Kushtia, with the doctor's brother-in-law saying Rahman used to arrange concerts at his home.
The attackers used their motorcycle to block Sanowar's motorcycle, before slashing him and his friend with machetes. The murder followed a now-familiar pattern witnessed in the killings of teachers, bloggers and online activists as well as foreigners - a use of sharp weapons to target the head or neck of the victims.
Police said the attack bore the hallmark of the ongoing attacks on freethinkers, secular and online activists, academics, bloggers, writers, publishers, minorities and people of different ideologies by suspected militants.
IS have claimed responsibility for some attacks in Bangladesh, including the killings of two foreigners last year, and a Rajshahi University professor and a Hindu man in Tangail last month.
Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent has also claimed some of the attacks, including the murder of gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend in Dhaka.
The government, however, denies the presence of IS or al Qaeda in the country and says 'home-grown' Islamist militants were responsible for the killings.

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