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University professor hacked to death in Bangladesh

NEW DELHI: A university professor on his way to work in northwestern Bangladesh was hacked to death on Saturday in an attack similar to other killings by suspected Muslim militants, police said.Professor A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was attacked on the way to the state-run university in Rajshahi city, where he taught English, deputy police commissioner Nahidul Islam said.

The attackers used sharp weapons and fled the scene immediately after, Islam said.

The attack was similar to recent killings of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh by radical militants.

No groups have claimed responsibility for the attack and police are investigating.

His brother Sajidul Karim Siddique said the professor was a “very quiet and simple man”, focused on studying and teaching. He led a cultural group and used to edit a literary magazine.

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