“Militant” atheist blogger stabbed in Bangladesh
Posted by doctore0 on January 15, 2013
DHAKA: A self-styled “militant atheist” who is famed for his anti-religious blogs was fighting for life Tuesday after he was stabbed in the capital of Muslim-majority Bangladesh, police and medics said.
Asif Mohiuddin, 29, was attacked on Monday night by three unidentified men near his office in Dhaka’s upscale Uttara district.
“We operated on him for more than three hours. He is improving but still not out of danger. He has six deep cuts including two grave ones in the shoulder,” Haridas Saha, a surgeon at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, told AFP.
“The nature of the cuts proved that the attackers wanted to murder him,” Saha said, adding that friends of Mohiuddin who were with him at the time of the attack blamed Islamic “fundamentalists”.
Local police chief Rezaul Islam confirmed the attack but did not comment on the motive.
“The attackers were lurking near his office. He was attacked as he was about to enter the office. Passers-by rushed him to a hospital,” Islam told AFP, adding police were investigating the motive.
Mohiuddin’s blog http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog/realAsifM has been one of the most visited webpages in Bangladesh and is known for its tirade against religions in one of the most conservative parts of the world.