Intellectuals, atheists and activists have been targeted by Islamists since 2013. Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury survived a machete attack by fundamentalists.
Blogger Arnab Goswami's articles and views in support of atheism have put his life in danger and forced him to flee his home country Bangladesh. The writer now lives in Germany, but faces an uncertain future.
Bangladesh's education ministry has removed some secular poems and stories from children's textbooks following requests by Islamists. Expert Rasheda Choudhury says the government is trying to appease Islamists.
Militant group "Islamic State" has claimed responsibility for the murder of a secular Bangladeshi professor. Karim Siddique was hacked to death in an attack similar to other killings of liberal writers by Islamists.
Bangladeshi police have killed eleven suspected militants in three separate raids in an ongoing crackdown on Islamists. The suspects were members of the banned group that Dhaka blamed for a deadly café attack in July.
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