This kind of thing is coming soon, very soon, to your green and pleasant land.
“Top Bangladesh sci-fi writer stabbed in head at seminar because he’s an ‘enemy of Islam,’” South China Morning Post, March 4, 2018 (thanks to Fjordman):
Saturday’s attack on Zafar Iqbal in the northern city of Sylhet was just the latest in a series of stabbings of secular or atheist authors and bloggers in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
Iqbal, a long-standing champion of free speech and secularism, remains in stable condition in hospital where he is being treated for stab wounds to his head.
Police detained 21-year-old Faizul Hasan, a former Islamic seminary student, and were investigating any ties to radical groups.
Colonel Ali Haider Azad Ahmed from the Rapid Action Battalion police unit said Hasan told investigators it was “his duty as a Muslim to resist those who work against Islam”.
“He has said Dr Zafar Iqbal was an enemy of Islam,” Ahmed said.
Police said Hasan, whose father was a teacher at an Islamic seminary, may have had links to extremists blamed for attacks on secular and atheist writers in the last four years.
Suspected Islamist radicals have killed around a dozen such writers and bloggers, including an American atheist blogger of Bangladeshi origin.
Police have blamed home-grown Islamist extremist group Ansarullah Bangla Team – also known as Ansar al Islam and linked to al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent – for most of the attacks….