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Bangladesh ruling party MP shot dead

A lawmaker from Bangladesh’s ruling party has been shot dead by masked men in northern Bangladesh, police said on Sunday.

Local police chief Atiar Rahman said Manzurul Islam Liton, a national legislator from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party, was shot at his home in Gaibandha district on Saturday evening.

Mr. Rahman said family members told police that four masked men arrived on motorcycles, entered the house and shot Liton at close range before running away.

Bangladesh has been experiencing threats in recent years from Islamist militants possibly inspired by the Islamic State group.

Dozens of atheist and secular bloggers, writers, publishers, members of religious minority groups and foreigners have been attacked and killed in recent years.

In a major attack last July, a group of young men killed 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners, inside a restaurant in capital Dhaka. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but Bangladeshi authorities said it was the work of Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, a homegrown radical group, and have rejected any IS presence in the country.

Since July, some 40 suspected Islamist militants have been killed in raids by security officials.

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