Police in Bangladesh say that a 70-year-old Buddhist monk was hacked to death inside a monastery on Saturday in southeast district of Bandarban.
Mawng Shoi Wuu, chief of the monastery located in the isolated and rugged Naikkhangchari area of Bandarban hill district, was found dead this morning by a Buddhist devotee as he went to serve him breakfast, police said.
“The assailants slit his throat… it appears he was murdered sometime after the midnight when he was staying alone at the monastery,” officer-in-charge of Naikkhangchhari police station Kazi Ahsan told PTI over phone.
The latest killing comes in the wake of spate of murders of religious minorities, secular activists and academics in the recent past.
More than 20 people have been killed by suspected Islamists in the last three years.
An initial investigation determined the killing did not fit the pattern of a series of religious and politically-motivated hacking deaths in Bangladesh, which have typically been carried out in public with a quick claim of responsibility by extremist groups.
“Villagers found Bhante (monk) Maung Shue U Chak’s dead body in a pool of blood inside the Buddhist temple this morning. He was hacked to death,” Jashim Uddin, deputy police chief of Bandarban, was quoted by The Guardian newspaper.
Mawng Shoi Wuu’s killing follows the murder of two prominent gay activists, a law student and a university professor in April.
In February a Hindu priest was beheaded in northern Bangladesh.