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    Prominent Bangladeshi-American Blogger Avijit Roy Killed

    (CNN) A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger who spoke out for secular freedom has died after being attacked on a Dhaka street, a local police official said Friday.

    Assailants attacked Avijit Roy, the founder of the website Mukto-Mona, and his wife Thursday night as they were walking back from a speaking engagement, said Krishna Pada Roy, a deputy commissioner with the Dhaka police.

    Roy, an American citizen, died at a nearby hospital, the police official said. His wife suffered injuries of her own, including a severed finger.

    The attackers carried knives and machetes.

    A witness told CNN that an assailant pulled out "a big knife" and struck Roy from behind in the head and shoulders. Roy's wife also was hacked on the shoulders.

    "I shouted for help from the people but nobody came to save him," she said. "No one came."

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    The IHEU said in a statement that an Islamist activist "well-known" to authorities early last year threatened Roy and "repeatedly and openly talked about wanting to see secular and freethought writers dead."

    "Those under threat have complained that authorities have ignored his threats and incitement, despite his credible links to Islamist extremists and similar murders taking place," the statement said.

    There was no immediate response to the claim from authorities in Bangladesh.
    Well, damn.
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    Re: Prominent Bangladeshi-American Blogger Avijit Roy Killed

    Agree Van Basten. Damn.
    I can foresee things potentially getting way out of hand, with this growing scourge we seem to be dealing with.
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    Re: Prominent Bangladeshi-American Blogger Avijit Roy Killed

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Well, damn.
    The Islamic world is a mess. There's a few super crazy individuals and a lot of individuals that allow this sort of thing to happen.
    “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes

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