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Journalist Killed in Bangladesh

April 23, 2001

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) _ A journalist working for a Bengali-language newspaper in southwestern Bangladesh has died after being kidnapped, tortured and left by the roadside near his village, police said Monday.

Nohar Ali, 32, who worked for the Daily Anirban in the city of Khulna, 85 miles from the capital Dhaka, was kidnapped on April 17 by masked men who made no ransom demand, said police chief Abdul Wahab.

Ali, critically injured from torture, was found on the roadside at the edge of his village on Friday and taken to a hospital where he died Sunday, Wahab said. The killing and its motive are still under investigation.

Meanwhile, gunmen shot and stabbed Prabir Sikder, a correspondent for the Bengali-language newspaper, Janakantha, on Friday while he was on his way to cover a story in Faridpur, 40 miles southwest of Dhaka. His left leg had to be amputated.

Sikder’s colleagues said the attack could be linked to a series of reports that accused local leaders of collaborating with Pakistani soldiers during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

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