Another Islamist Arrested in Connection with Bangladeshi Atheist Murders September 12, 2015

Another Islamist Arrested in Connection with Bangladeshi Atheist Murders

Following the brutal murders of four atheist bloggers in Bangladesh, law enforcement there have arrested multiple people in connection with the crimes.

Avijit Roy, one of the murdered atheist bloggers

We can add one more name to that list:

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Mohammad Abul Bashar, head of an Islamic group called Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) which was banned in May over a series of blogger killings.

Two other members of the ABT were also arrested in Dhaka, Mufti Mahmud Khan, a spokesman for the RAB, which is tasked with tackling militancy in the Muslim majority nation, told AFP.

“All three are the suspects in the murders of bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das,” Khan said, referring to the writers who were killed earlier this year.

It’s good to see some semblance of justice — finally. But the only way we’ll know if this is working is if no other bloggers are killed in the near future. According to one report, at least 12 atheists have already fled the country for their own safety and many are still scared. No matter how many people are arrested, Bangladesh is far from a safe place to speak your mind if you’re a critic of religion.


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