The publisher of slain Bangladeshi writer Avijit Roy was stabbed in his office Saturday along with two other men in the latest attack against secular voices in the South Asian nation.
Police said that a group of men stormed into the office and held a gun on publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul before stabbing him and two bloggers in the head. All were receiving treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, authorities said.
Tutul, 43, was in critical condition, said Sentu Das, a police official at the hospital.
Also wounded were writers Ranadeep Basu, 50, and Tareque Rahim, 30.
It was the latest brazen attack against prominent atheists in Bangladesh, where fears are growing over the rise of radical Islam. Earlier this year, Roy, a U.S. resident, was fatally stabbed, and his wife was injured outside a book fair in Dhaka, the capital. Tutul was a friend of Roy’s and head of the publishing house Shudhdhoswar.
Hours after the attack on Tutul, police said another publisher, Foysal Arefin Dipon, was stabbed to death near a market in Dhaka. Dipon was head of Jagritee publishing house.