A U.S. government employee, who was editor of an LGBT magazine in Bangladesh, was hacked to death Monday in the capital of Dhaka, officials said.
A group of assailants stormed the home of Xulhaz Mannan, a staffer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, stabbing him and a friend to death, police told The Daily Star. Mannan was a senior editor of Roopbaan, the first gay rights magazine in the country.
The second victim was identified as Tanay Majumder. Police said five or six assailants stormed Mannan’s first-floor apartment about 5 p.m. local time.
The State Department condemned the slaying.
“We’re outraged,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “An act like this is simply beyond words, it’s inexcusable, and heartfelt support goes out to his mother, his family and his friends.”
Mannan was a staunch supporter of LGBT rights, Kirby said. The U.S. government is offering to support Bangladeshi authorities to make sure those responsible are held accountable, Kirby said.
No one has claimed responsibility yet for Monday’s attack on the two men.
Amnesty International said this latest in a series of killings “underscore the appalling lack of protection being afforded to a range of peaceful activists in the country.”
The U.S. said earlier this month that it is considering granting refuge to some secular bloggers facing danger in Bangladesh, the Associated Press reported. Kirby said Monday that it remained an option.
While this attack is barbaric, it is very hard for a genuine christian to take sides. The US is playing a very dangerous role of indoctrinating the world to join in her debauchery. In the name of advancing ‘rights’ the US is getting the world getting hooked to the idea that you can commit abomination and hire a team of lawyers and bloggers to sanctify the act.
The verdict on homosexuality was written signed and sealed, long before the US government. And this was done by God when the rains were not stayed. The same ruling was evident when a whole City was razed to the ground.