Bangladeshi Christian shopkeeper who tended church grounds murdered in his grocery store

A Christian church worker was hacked to death on Sunday 5 June 2016 at the Natore district of Bangladesh. The attack on 65-year-old Sunil Gomes took place at his grocery store in Bonpara village, near to the church where he served as a gardener.

Sub-Inspector Dayal Kumar told the media, “Family members rushed to the shop when they heard him screaming and found him in a pool of blood. He was taken to a local hospital where the doctors declared him dead.” He also said that Gomes’s body had several wounds caused by sharp weapons.

The perpetrators of the attack against Mr Gomes, whose brother is a church minister, have not been identified, but Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the killing through its Amaq news agency. IS said that this was “part of a series of operations” in Bangladesh. .

Latest in a series of killings

The last three years have seen scores murders in Bangladesh of liberals, secular activists and non-Muslim minorities. On the same day that Mr Gomes was murdered, the wife of a senior police officer was killed, for which IS also claimed responsibility.

According to Agence France Presse, suspected Islamist militants have killed at least ten people in the last ten weeks alone in Bangladesh. The authorities however blame local Islamists for the attacks, rejecting the claims of responsibility from IS and al-Qaeda.

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