A manhunt is on after two males, sentenced to dying for killing a blogger crucial of hardline religiosity, escaped from a crowded Dhaka court docket.
Two males sentenced to dying for killing a blogger crucial of hardline religiosity have escaped from a crowded court docket in Bangladesh’s Dhaka.
Avijit Roy, a United States nationwide of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to dying by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 whereas returning residence along with his spouse from a Dhaka e-book truthful.
His spouse, blogger Rafida Bonya Ahmed, suffered head accidents and misplaced a thumb within the assault.
5 members of an armed Muslim group have been sentenced to dying final 12 months, whereas one was jailed for all times.
Two of these sentenced to dying escaped on Sunday after bikers sprayed chemical compounds on the police and took the convicts away, police stated.
“A large manhunt has been launched to seize them and their helpers,” Residence Minister Asaduzzaman Khan advised reporters.
The minister stated border safety officers had been placed on alert to cease the lads fleeing the nation.
Police additionally introduced an award of two million taka (about $19,350) for tracing the convicts.
The convicted males belong to the al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Ullah Bangla Workforce. Police say the group was behind the murders of greater than a dozen secular activists and bloggers.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh noticed a string of lethal assaults between 2013 and 2016 focusing on bloggers, secular activists and non secular minorities, claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) or al Qaeda-aligned teams.