Avijit Roy: Killers of US blogger escape from Bangladesh courtroom on motorbikes

Two Islamist militants sentenced to dying for killing a US blogger vital of spiritual extremism escaped from a crowded courtroom in Bangladesh’s Dhaka on Sunday.

Avijit Roy, an engineer of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to dying by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 whereas returning residence along with his spouse from a Dhaka ebook truthful. 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 12 months, whereas one was jailed for all times.

Two of these on dying row escaped on Sunday, after bikers sprayed a chemical on cops earlier than snatching away the convicts, police stated.

“A large manhunt has been launched to seize them and their helpers,” Residence Minister Asaduzzaman Khan instructed reporters, including that border safety officers had been placed on alert to cease the boys fleeing the nation.

Police have additionally introduced an award of two million taka (about $19,350) for tracing the convicts.

The convicted males belong to the al Qaeda-inspired home militant group Ansar Ullah Bangla Staff and police say the group was behind the murders of greater than a dozen secular activists and bloggers.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh noticed a string of lethal assaults between 2013 and 2016 concentrating on bloggers, secular activists and spiritual minorities, claimed by ISIS or al Qaeda-aligned teams.