BBC Bangladesh journalist killed

A BBC World Service journalist has been killed in south-western Bangladesh, following a bomb attack.

Manik Saha worked for the BBC as a freelance for more than 10 years as a regular contributor to the Bengali service, writes Wale Azeez.

He was killed instantly, after a bomb was thrown at him while he was travelling by rickshaw across the city of Khulna. He was 47 and is survived by his widow and two daughters.

Head of BBC Asia-Pacific Barry Langridge said the broadcaster’s reputation often rested on contributions from brave and experienced journalists “facing various dangers and conflict in their everyday work. This tragedy reminds us how much we owe to journalists like Manik Saha.”

Head of the BBC Bengali Service, Sabir Mustafa, said: “Manik’s insight into the various social, political and economic issues of the south-western region of Bangladesh has enriched the BBC’s programmes.”

Reporters Without Borders has called on the Bangladeshi Government and its interior ministry, “to take all possible steps to investigate the killing and punish the perpetrators”.

According to RWB, Saha was the first journalist in the world to be murdered this year. He is also the second BBC journalist to be killed in Bangladesh since 2000.

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