Two Danish journalists wounded in knife attack in Gabon

The two reporters for the National Geographic channel were in a popular market for tourist souvenirs on Saturday when they were attacked. (Reuters)
Updated 17 December 2017
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Two Danish journalists wounded in knife attack in Gabon

LIBREVILLE: An attacker wielding a knife and crying “Allahu Akbar” has wounded two Danish journalists in Gabon’s capital Libreville, the Gabonese defense minister said.
The two reporters for the National Geographic channel were in a popular market for tourist souvenirs on Saturday, when a Nigerien national living in Gabon lunged at them with the knife, Defense Minister Etienne Kabinda Makaga said in a statement.
After his arrest, the 53-year-old suspect, who has lived in Gabon for two decades, told authorities he was carrying out a revenge attack against America for recognizing Israel’s capital as Jerusalem, Makaga said, giving no further explanation.
“A judicial investigation was immediately opened at the public prosecutor’s office of Libreville to establish if the acts of the aggressor were isolated or a conspiracy,” Makaga said.
Oil-rich Gabon has a small Muslim population consisting mostly of foreign workers, although the precise number is not known. It is not normally considered a high-risk country for jihadist violence.


Six charged over 2015 murder of Bangladesh blogger

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Six charged over 2015 murder of Bangladesh blogger

  • Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US national, was hacked to death outside Dhaka University
  • He was known in Bangladesh for his Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog

DHAKA: Six people have been charged with the gruesome murder four years ago of a controversial atheist blogger, Bangladesh police said Monday.
Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US national, was hacked to death on a busy road outside Dhaka University in February 2015. His wife was critically injured in the attack.
Police investigators said 11 of the 12 militants from the outlawed Ansar Al-Islam group implicated in the murder took part in the street killing.
“Six people have been charged over the murder of Avijit Roy. Of the six, two are on the run,” Dhaka police spokesman Masudur Rahman said.
A sacked army major who masterminded the attack was one of those still on the loose, Rahman said, adding police could not identify the other five involved.
One suspect was killed by police in a crackdown that followed the murder.
Roy, who migrated to the United States two decades ago, was known in Bangladesh for his Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog, where he railed against all forms of organized religion.
One of his books, “The Virus of Faith,” became a controversial bestseller in Bangladesh, which is officially secular even though 90 percent of the population is Muslim.
Ansar Al-Islam has been accused of the 2013-14 murders of atheist and secular bloggers and gay activists that prompted many to flee the country.
The government launched a crackdown on Ansar and other radical groups after an attack on a Dhaka cafe in July 2016 left 18 foreigners dead.
Nearly 100 extremists have since been killed by police while hundreds have been arrested.