Bangladesh students held for murder of anti-Islam blogger
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police arrested five students of an elite private university on Saturday on charges of murdering an anti-Islamist blogger whose death triggered nationwide turmoil.
The students allegedly confessed to hacking to death Mr Ahmed Rajib Haider, 35, on February 15 after he helped organise protests against leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami party on trial for war crimes, police said.
"They targeted him because of his allegedly blasphemous writings against Islam and the Prophet Mohammed," Dhaka police deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman told AFP.
All five of the young men arrested are students of the prestigious North South University, Mr Rahman said,