Picture: Sunil Gomez.
Natore (Bangladesh) June 6, 2016: Sunil Gomaz, a 65 years old Christian killed by Islamic extremists in his shop at a village Bonpara of Natore District in Northwest Bangladesh on 5th of June, Sunday.
Sunil was attacked by unknown persons when he had just returned back to his shop after Sunday worship service and left him in a pool of blood.
He ran a fruit and vegetable shop and was respected among villagers. He had served his church of Bonpara and his brother is a church minister in Dinajpur named Proshanto Gomaz.
"I am shocked, saddened. My brother had no enemies. We ask what motivated his murder," his brother asked.
Benedict, a Christian leader of Bonpara, said that "the faithful of the village live in brotherhood with the people of other religions. Why did they attack us? ".
He calls for exemplary punishment to the extremists, who in the past have escaped justice. "Two months ago, an elderly Christian couple was attacked, but the police did not arrest anyone." Christian leader added.
The local Christian community lives in fear.
The Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad organized a human chain on Sunday afternoon and imposed a seven-day ultimatum for the capture of the killers to draw government attention and ask for protection.
Picture: The son of Mahmuda Khanam mourns in Chittagong.
Sunil’s murder happened just hours after the wife of Superintendent of Police Babul Aktar, who led drives against militants and drug cartels, was stabbed and shot dead by three bike-borne assailants in front of her minor son in Chittagong city of Southeast Bangladesh, about 275 kilometres from Dhaka.
Mahmuda Khanam, 33, was targeted while she was on her way to drop her six-year-old son to a nearby bus stop for school.
Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for the murder of Sunil Gomez and Mahmuda Khanam.
Over 40 people have died in the past three years in a series of attacks targeting activists and non-Muslims. Attacks have increased recently, but Bangladeshi authorities hold homegrown Islamist terrorists responsible and reject any involvement from foreign terrorist groups.