The editor of Bangladesh’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) magazine has been “hacked to death” in Dhaka, local sources say.

Xulhaz Mannan, 35, was attacked alongside his friend Tanay Mojumdar, according to police deputy commissioner Abdul Baten, who was quoted in the Dhaka Tribune.

Xulhaz was the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine, and a high profile LGBT rights activist.

Unconfirmed reports say that five or six assailants gained access to the building in in Kalabagan by posing as couriers, and attacked Xulhaz and Mojumdar with knives at around 17:00 local time (12:00 BST).

Earlier this month, a liberal blogger who publicly criticised Islamism and Islamic extremism was hacked to death in Bangladesh by assailants wielding machetes.

On Saturday, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the hacking to death of a Bangladesh university professor, supposedly for promoting atheism.

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