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Attack on Bangladeshi publisher an isolated incident: Home Minister

People wave the Bangladesh national flags as they prepare to rehearse singing the national anthem in an attempt to break a Guinness record at the national parade ground in Dhaka March 26, 2014. According to the organizers, at least 254,681 people gathered and sang in chorus the national anthem at the National Parade Square grounds on Wednesday, to break a 2013 record of the greatest number of people singing the same National or regional anthem at the same time. Bangladesh celebrated its 43rd Independence Day on Wednesday. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY) - RTR3IM3M

Dhaka, Nov.1 : Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has dubbed the attack on publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan an isolated incident.

The Home Minister’s remark came a day after Dipan was hacked to death and publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and bloggers Tareque Rahim and Ranadipam Basu were attacked in another incident.

The law enforcers are investigating the two incidents thoroughly, he added.

Dipan and Tutul were publishers of slain secularist writer-blogger Avijit Roy, who was killed in Dhaka University earlier in February.

The UN has expressed deep concern over threat to free speech in the country and appealed to the government to provide immediate protection to citizens who are at risk. (ANI)