A Hindu priest was stabbed to death near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday, according to the police. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident in a statement on messaging service Telegram and Twitter, but a police official rejected the claim. Instead, they arrested four members of the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
The priest, 55-year-old Jogeshwar Roy, was organising prayers at Deviganj Temple in Panchagar, 308 miles north of the national capital, when at least five militants attacked him and slit his throat, Zee News reported. The attackers also shot and wounded a devotee who tried to help the priest, before fleeing the site, a police official said.
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern about the murder of the priest, saying he hopes the “government takes strong action to curb such incidents”.