(CNN)A U.S. Embassy worker was among two men hacked to death Monday evening in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, the embassy said in a Facebook statement.

The statement identified the embassy worker as Xulhaz Mannan, calling him a “dear friend.”

“We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the Government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders,” Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, the U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, said in the statement.

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