Reporters Without Borders noted that in 2014, a group calling itself "Defenders of Islam" published a "hit list" of 84 Bangladeshis, mostly secularists, of whom nine have already reportedly been killed and others attacked.
Other attacks appear to have been perpetrated by more obscure groups.
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Since 2013, a number of secularist and atheist writers, bloggers and publishers in Bangladesh have been killed or seriously injured in attacks that are believed to be perpetrated by Islamist extremists.
The attacks have taken place at a time of growing tension between Bangladeshi secularists, who want the country to maintain its secularist Bengali tradition of separation of religion and state, and Islamists, who want an orthodox Sunni Islamic state.