Suspect arrested over murders of Bangladesh LGBT activists in 2016


Police in Bangladesh have reportedly arrested one of the main suspects involved in the murders of LGBT+ activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy. Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, the country’s first LGBT+ magazine, and Tonoy, the publication’s general secretary, were hacked to death by a group of men using machetes in 2016. Bangladeshi police have now revealed that they believe seven members of extremist group Ansarullah Bangla Team were involved in the killings, reports Bangladeshi news website  Authorities have arrested a 25-year-old man called Asadullah, a member of the militant organisation, who was allegedly a key figure behind the murders.

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