LGBT MAGAZINE EDITOR HACKED TO DEATH


The editor of LGBT magazine Roopban has been hacked to death in his Dhaka apartment in Bangladesh.

Xulhaz Mannan, 35, and a friend were slaughtered when suspected Islamic State (IS) militants posed as couriers to gain access to the building.

They also wounded a security guard, reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) as they fled the scene.

Roopban is Bangladesh’s first and only magazine aimed at the LGBT community.

Mannan had previously worked as a protocol officer for a former US ambassador to Bangladesh.

“I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi,” said US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat.

“We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders.”

Islamic State has also claimed responsibility for the killings of two foreigners, and attacks on mosques and Christian priests in Bangladesh since September last year.

When Roopban was launched in 2014, Mannan described it as a “major leap forward” for the LGBT community in the country.

“The main reason for this publication is to promote love,” he said.

“Promoting love and promoting the right to love. The audience for love is huge and that’s who this is for.”

The Bangladeshi government insists there is no IS presence in the country, claiming home-grown Islamist radicals were behind the attacks.