Muslim blogger suspected of killing American atheist blogger with cleaver

Bangladesh police arrested a Muslim blogger suspected of killing a U.S. blogger who was an outspoken atheist and a critic of religious extremism.

The Rapid Action Battalion, Bangladesh’s anti-terrorism unit, arrested Farabi Shafiur Rahman on Monday, four days after Avijit Roy was hacked to death with a meat cleaver. The attack left Roy’s wife with head injuries, NBC News reported.

Rahman — who was previously arrested for his involvement with Hizbut Tahrir, an Islamist extremist group — posted threats against Roy on Facebook last year, police said.

“It’s a holy duty of Bangalee Muslims to kill Avijit,” Rahman wrote, according to police.