Hindu priest beheaded ‘by Islamic State’ in Banglasdesh

The so-called Islamic State group has said it was behind the beheading of a senior Hindu priest and wounding two worshippers in northern Bangladesh.

In a statement IS said that “caliphate soldiers” carried out the assaults using “light weapons”.

The IS-linked Amaq “news agency” also reported the claim.

Jogeswar Roy, 45, was attacked by two assailants armed with pistols and cleavers at his home in the temple on Sunday, police say.

While the Bangladeshi government insists that IS is not active in the country, the jihadists in November said they carried out an attack on a Shia mosque in the north-western town of Bogra in which at least one person was killed.