Suspected Islamist militants armed with axes or knives hacked a local employee of a U.S. aid agency and his friend to death Monday, Bangladeshi police said.
The deadly assault came two days after a university professor was killed in a similar fashion in an attack claimed by ISIS.
One of the victims, Xulhaz Mannan, was in his 30s and worked for the agency USAID, an unidentified detective on the case told NBC News.
“Xulhaz was more than a colleague to those of us fortunate to work with him at the U.S. Embassy,” Marcia Bernicat, the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, said in a statement. “He was a dear friend. Our prayers are with Xulhaz, the other victim, and those injured in the attack.”
Police said one of the attackers lured Mannan into a trap by posing as delivery driver and summoning him to the entrance of his building in Dhaka.
When Mannan and his friend arrived, five other men rushed out and attacked them, he said. Several guards assigned to the building were injured when they tried to intervene.
Mannan was also a well-known gay rights activist in the conservative Muslim country and ran an LGBT magazine called “Rupban,” another police official told Reuters.
Bangladesh has seen a surge in violent attacks over the past few months that targeted liberal activists, members of minority Muslim sects, and other members of other religious groups.
USAID was not immediately available for comment.