A Bangladeshi protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the killing of a university professor in Dhaka. AFP
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The slaying in Bangladesh of a U.S. Agency for International Development employee has intensified U.S. concern that the strategically located South Asian country with traditions of religious tolerance is under threat from Islamist extremists. Bangladesh's government denies that transnational militant groups have been behind a spate of bloody attacks on secular writers, bloggers, foreigners and religious minorities. But the Bangladeshi branch of Al-Qaeda on the Indian subcontinent claimed Monday's killing of USAID employee and gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan.While authorities have arrested suspects in some of those cases, none has been prosecuted, and authorities have yet to identify the masterminds.Both Al-Qaeda and Daesh have made clear they want to assert themselves in Bangladesh.This month's edition includes an interview with the purported leader of Daesh fighters in Bangladesh, Sheikh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif, who says Bangladesh has a "strategic geographic position" for global jihad.
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