Editor murdered in bomb blast

The editor of a regional weekly in Bangladesh has been killed in a bomb attack in Khulna.

The murder of Humayun Kabir Balu, editor of Dainik Janmabhumi, came less than six months after the killing in Khulna of Manik Shah, a BBC World Service local correspondent, in a similar bomb attack on 15 January.

Attackers threw three bombs at Balu as he got out of his car in front of the Dainik Janmabhumi offices on Sunday. He suffered serious stomach and leg injuries and died in hospital one hour later. His son, Asif Kabir, a journalism student, was seriously injured.

A far-left group admitted responsibility for the bombing in a telephone call to the Khulna press club, of which Balu was president, calling him a “class enemy”.

At least 13 journalists have been killed in south and south-west Bangladesh in the past ten years.

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