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Elderly Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh

Murder of 75-year-old whose body was found in a temple follows spree of similar killings in the country.

A 75-year-old Buddhist monk has been hacked to death inside a temple in Bangladesh, police said.

The body of Mongsowe U Chak was found on Saturday at the isolated temple where he lived alone in Naikkhangchhari village in Bandarban, about 338km (211 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, police said.

Police said they did not know the motive of the killing and no one had been arrested.

The killing followed similar murders of two prominent gay activists, a law student, a Hindu tailor and a university professor in April..

The nation of 160 million people has seen a surge in violent attacks over the past few months in which liberal activists, members of minority Muslim sects and other religious groups have been targeted.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has claimed responsibility for some of the killings. The government, though, denies the group has a presence in the country, saying homegrown groups are behind the attacks.


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