After Bangladesh slaying, US considers refuge for bloggers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is condemning as “barbaric” the latest killing in Bangladesh of an outspoken opponent of radical Islam and says it is considering granting refuge to a select number of bloggers who face imminent danger.

Assailants hacked and shot to death 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad on Wednesday night on a street in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

At least five secular bloggers and publishers were killed in similar attacks last year by radical Islamists. That has heightened concern that religious extremists are getting a foothold in Bangladesh, a Muslim country with traditions of secularism and tolerance, and that authorities are failing to provide protection.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Thursday that “humanitarian parole” is being considered for a select number of bloggers who face “imminent danger.”

 

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