A group named ‘Ansar al Islam Bangladesh-2’ has claimed responsibility for the killing of Rajshahi University teacher AKM Shafiul Islam. The sociology teacher was struck with sharp weapons by several youths in front of Bihashpalli when he was on his way home on Saturday afternoon.
BD News (h/t TROP) He suffered grave injuries on his head and shoulder, and died at the Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital. The group’s Facebook page, which was opened around five hours after the murder, says: “Our Mujahideens (fighters) executed a ‘Murtad’ (apostate) today in Rajshahi who had prohibited female students in his department to wear ‘Burka’ (veil).”
The page shows a picture of the slain teacher with a red X-mark on it. Below it is written in Bangla: “AKM Shafiul Islam (file closed)/ Offence: Apr, 2010/ Punishment: Nov, 2014.” It follows with an English statement: “We don’t forget. Insha’Allah we will not forget others.” The group’s Facebook page also names who these ‘others’ are. The page carries the photographs of five people.
Three of them are those of RU teacher Islam, murdered blogger Rajib Haider, and one Ashraful Islam. They are marked with red ‘X’ marks, and captioned: ‘finished’. The other two pictures are of bloggers Asif Mohiuddin and Rakib Mamun. The caption for them says: “First attempt: completed; second attempt: coming soon.”
The page also issues a threat, reading: “Beware all the Islam opposing atheists-apostate!!!”. The few posts in it quote reports by a Bengali newspaper, ‘Doinik Sangram’, known to be the mouthpiece of Jamaat-e-Islami.