Incident Summary:

08/07/2015: Assailants armed with machetes attacked and killed blogger Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy in Goran neighborhood, Dhaka city, Dhaka division, Bangladesh. Ansar al-Islam, a subgroup of Al-Qa'ida in the Indian Subcontinent, claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources also suspected that the attack may have been carried out by the Ansarullah Bangla Team, who denied involvment.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Goran neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Mukto-Mona
Specific Description Blogger: Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy
Nationality of Target Bangladesh
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Machetes were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent Ansar al-Islam Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Ansarullah Bangla Team (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Briton among three arrested in connection with Bangladesh blogger killings," Xinhua News Agency, August 18, 2015."
"Bangladesh: Police Arrest Two People Including State Minister's Nephew for Killing Blogger Niloy," The Daily Star Online, August 14, 2015."
"'Ansarullah press release' refutes role in Niloy killing," Bangladesh Daily Star, August 21, 2015."