(REUTERS) DHAKA, Bangladesh — Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death an American blogger, the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support free-thinking values in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
The attack comes amidst a crackdown on hardline Islamist groups, which have increased activities in recent years in the South Asian nation.
Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, and his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Ahmed, were attacked on Thursday while returning from a book fair. Ahmed was seriously injured.
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