Two Islamist militants sentenced to dying for killing an American blogger who criticized spiritual extremism escaped a crowded court docket in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday.
Avijit Roy, an engineer of Bangladeshi origin, was killed by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 as he returned house along with his spouse from a guide truthful in Dhaka. His spouse, blogger Rafida Bonya Ahmed, suffered head accidents and misplaced a thumb within the assault.
5 members of an Islamist militant group had been sentenced to dying final yr, whereas one was sentenced to life in jail.
Two of the dying row inmates escaped on Sunday, after the bikers sprayed a chemical on cops earlier than taking the convicts away, police mentioned.
“An enormous manhunt has been launched to seize them and their aides,” Inside Minister Asaduzzaman Khan advised reporters, including that border safety brokers had been placed on alert to stop the boys from fleeing the nation.
Police additionally introduced a reward of two million taka (about $19,350) for monitoring down the convicts.
The convicts belong to the Al Qaeda-inspired home militant group Ansar Ullah Bangla Group, and police say the group was behind the murders of greater than a dozen secular activists and bloggers.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh noticed a collection of lethal assaults between 2013 and 2016 focusing on bloggers, secular activists and non secular minorities, claimed by ISIS or al-Qaeda-aligned teams.