IS group claims responsibility for killing Bangladesh professor

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Dubai (AFP)

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the hacking to death of a university professor in Bangladesh on Saturday, accusing him of calling for atheism.

"Islamic State fighters assassinate a university teacher for calling to atheism in the city of Rajshahi in Bangladesh," the jihadist group's Amaq news agency said in a statement.

Police said professor Rezaul Karim Siddique, 58, was hacked from behind with machetes as he walked to a bus station in the northwestern city where he taught English at the city's public university.