(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death in Dhaka on Monday.
Three knife-wielding attackers set upon 27 year old Washiqur Rahman near his home on Monday morning, weeks after the murder of an American blogger in Dhaka triggered international outrage.
Police said they had arrested two suspects at the scene and retrieved three knives, but a third escaped.
Deputy commissioner Wahidul Islam said Rahman had been "brutally hacked to death".
Rahman's blog did not appear to focus on religious issues, although fellow writers said he opposed religious fundamentalism.
Police said he used a Facebook page under the name Washiqur Babu to post articles written by other writers.
Deputy police commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarker told AFP the motive for the killing appeared to be "ideological" differences with fundamentalist groups in Bangladesh.
Fellow blogger Asif Mohiuddin, who survived a brutal attack in January 2013, described Rahman as a "fellow warrior".
"He is a friend of mine and a fellow warrior," said Mohiuddin in a Facebook message to AFP from Berlin.
The two suspects in custody are aged about 20, Islam said.
The killing bears strong similarities to the murder of Avijit Roy, an American blogger of Bangladeshi origin who was hacked to death with machetes in Dhaka last month.