Xulhaz Mannan, 35, the editor of Bangladesh's first and only LGBT magazine, was hacked to death Monday.
Mannan, a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was killed by a gang posing as messengers, who then gained access to his apartment, police told U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
Six people entered the building and killed Mannan and a friend of his. Two more were injured in the attack. There has been a series of killings of bloggers and activists in the country, The Guardian reports.
Mannan edited Roopbaan, the country’s only LGBT publication. The magazine launched in 2014 "to promote greater acceptance of LGBT communities in Bangladesh," according to The Guardian.
Marcia Bernicat, the U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, told the U.K. paper she was "devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi."