U.S. Condemns Murder of Bangladeshi Activist, Embassy Employee
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned the murder of Bangladeshi gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan, who was an employee of the U.S. embassy in Dhaka.
Kerry said in a statement late Monday: "We are profoundly saddened by the loss of one of our own in such a senseless act of violence." He also said Xulhaz "embodied the spirit of the people of Bangladesh and the pride with which they guard their traditions of tolerance, peace, and diversity."
Xulhaz and a companion were hacked to death by unidentified attackers on Monday.
A USAID official, Mannan, was at his home with his friend, Tanay Mojumdar, when five attackers arrived, disguised as couriers and pounced on them with machetes.
A security guard and a police officer- who tried to catch the assailants - were wounded in machete attacks.
Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, when an explosion at the power plant near the town contaminated a wide area.
During the catastrophe, two people died immediately, while 29 more died within weeks. It is estimated thousands more have died from cancers and other illnesses in the ensuing years.
More than 200 tons of uranium are still inside the reactor site, fueling fears that new radiation leaks could occur in the area.
International donors on Monday pledged an additional $99 million in aid toward completing a newer, safer fuel storage facility for Chernobyl.
Since 2011, tourists have been allowed to visit Chernobyl. Much of the Chernobyl exclusion zone provides a snapshot of Cold War tensions, frozen in time in 1986.