Bangladesh secular writers fearful after 2nd blogger slain

25-year-old Bangladeshi blogger Ananya Azad world on his computer at his home in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 4, 2015.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The writer, a thin young man who fears the growing interweaving of religion and politics in Bangladesh, knows his turn could come next. What happened earlier this week, when the second secularist blogger in less than a month was hacked to death in the streets of the capital, made it clear he wasn’t safe.

“Anytime they can hit me or my like-minded friends,” said Ananya Azad, a 25-year-old blogger who has written pieces that were critical of Islamic fundamentalism and politics driven by religion. He quit his job as a newspaper columnist and stopped writing blogs in recent months after receiving numerous threats, but still posts critical comments on Facebook.

Ananya says he’s thinking about fleeing the country and spends much of his time indoors these days.

“They don’t hesitate to kill in the name of their beliefs,” he said. “I’m an easy target for the fanatics”…