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Paper Editor Killed in Bangladesh

August 31, 1998

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) _ Gunmen killed a newspaper editor with a barrage of machine gun fire as he was riding home in a rickshaw in a western Bangladesh city, an official said today.

No one claimed responsibility for Sunday’s assassination. But Saiful Alam’s Bengali-language daily, The Runner, had recently published a series denouncing the outlawed Maoist guerrillas operating near his town of Jessore, 80 miles west of Dhaka.

Alam died on way to hospital, the area’s government administrator Abdul Malek said in a telephone interview. The unidentified gunmen escaped.

Police did not immediately link the killing to the paper’s campaign. The Maoists advocate armed revolution to overthrow the democratic system established in this predominantly Muslim country in 1991 after years of military-backed autocracy.

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