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The crackdown comes after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for three brutal hacking murders targeting religious minorities last week.
The recent murders of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were part of a recent wave of violence targeting atheists, free thinkers, activists, and religious minorities.
Liberal bloggers being attacked with machetes has become a persistent phenomenon in Bangladesh, while the government fails to arrest the murderers and clamps down on freedom of expression.
A court has handed the death sentence to two of six people convicted of killing Rajib Haider, following the first prosecution for any of the murders of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh.
Four bloggers and a publisher have been hacked to death in Bangladesh in 2015. Yet, as the survivor of a previous attack told VICE News, atheist writers there also have to deal with government repression.
The list released by Bangladeshi hardline organization Ansarullah Bangla Team follows a series of hacking deaths of bloggers.
The government has banned an Islamist militant group suspected of being behind recent blogger killings, but persecuted commentators argue that it appears to be in league with fundamentalists.
Farabi Shafiur Rahman was detained this morning as he was about to board a bus out of Dhaka. The suspect has reportedly made several death threats against Avijit Roy, the atheist author hacked to death on Thursday.