Xulhaz Mannan, editor of Bangaldesh's only LGBT publication, Roopbaan, was hacked to death alongside another man at a house in Dhaka, the country's capital.
Police reported that "unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death. Another person was injured." The other victims have yet to be identified, though Mannan has been confirmed as one of those killed.
The house's security guard explained that five or six individuals showed up claiming to have a package for Mannan. After 30 minutes passed, the man "heard shouting and a shooting sound from the flat and went to look into the incident." He was then allegedly attacked.
The U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Bernicat, released in a statement:
"I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi. We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders."
We suspect further clarifying details will be released throughout the day.