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Muslim blogger arrested for killing American atheist blogger

“He is a fundamentalist blogger,” a police spokesman said.


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Posted on Mar 2, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 10:12 am CDT

Four days after American atheist blogger Avijit Roy was murdered in Bangladesh, police have arrested Farabi Shafiur Rahman for the crime.

Rahman “is a fundamentalist blogger,” who allegedly threatened Roy “several times” over Twitter and Facebook, a police spokesman told the Guardian.

Roy, known to some as “the Richard Dawkins of Bangladesh,” wrote 10 books with titles like The Virus of Faith, and kept a blog called Mukto-Mona (Free Mind) about religion and skepticism. He was in Bangladesh on a publicity tour for the country’s national book fair.

Rahman’s no stranger to violently addressing his perceived threats against Islam. After the 2013 murder of another atheist blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, Rahman was arrested for threatening a cleric for arranging Haider’s funeral arrangements.

Roy’s death made headline news in Bangladesh and across the world. Hundreds of activists marched in support of the writer and to demand swift action by police.

Photos of Roy’s murder and the subsequent marches have spread across social media.

H/T The Guardian | Illustration by Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Mar 2, 2015, 12:03 pm CST