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Bangladesh police probe role of local radical group in latest attacks on secular thinkers

  • The body of Faisal Arefin Deepan is brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. The publisher of secular books was hacked to death and three other people were wounded in two separate attacks Saturday at publishing houses in Bangladesh's capital, police said. Saturday's twin attacks come as Bangladesh grapples with rising radical Islam. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    The body of Faisal Arefin Deepan is brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. The publisher of secular books was hacked to death and three other people were wounded in two separate attacks Saturday at publishing houses in Bangladesh's capital, police said. Saturday's twin attacks come as Bangladesh grapples with rising radical Islam. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladeshi security officers inspect the blood-stained site where publisher Ahmed Rahim Tutul and two writers were shot and stabbed by three men in the office of the Shudhdhoswar publishing house, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A publisher of secular books was hacked to death in a separate attack Saturday at another publishing house in Bangladesh's capital, police said. The attacks in Dhaka come amid fears about the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    Bangladeshi security officers inspect the blood-stained site where publisher Ahmed Rahim Tutul and two writers were shot and stabbed by three men in the office of the Shudhdhoswar publishing house, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A publisher of secular books was hacked to death in a separate attack Saturday at another publishing house in Bangladesh's capital, police said. The attacks in Dhaka come amid fears about the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives cry after seeing the body of  Faisal Arefin Deepan, a publisher of secular books, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Deepan was hacked to death and three other people wounded in fresh attacks in Bangladesh's capital that were claimed by Muslim radicals, and a human rights group called on the government to urgently protect freedom of expression. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

    Relatives cry after seeing the body of Faisal Arefin Deepan, a publisher of secular books, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Deepan was hacked to death and three other people wounded in fresh attacks in Bangladesh's capital that were claimed by Muslim radicals, and a human rights group called on the government to urgently protect freedom of expression. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Bangladesh say they're investigating the possibility that a local radical Islamic group was behind two attacks on publishing houses in the capital this weekend that left a publisher of secular books dead and three other people wounded.

Munirul Islam, a senior police detective, told reporters Sunday that the banned group Ansarullah Bangla Team was the main focus of an investigation into the attacks.

Publisher Faisal Arefin Deepan was found dead in his Dhaka office after the second of Saturday's attacks. The first attack left publisher Ahmed Rahim Tutul in critical condition, while two writers suffered less serious wounds.

The violence followed the killings of four atheist bloggers this year.

Deepan and Tutul had published works of Bangladeshi-American blogger and writer Avijit Roy, who was killed in February.