Police say a Hindu temple worker has been hacked to death in southwest Bangladesh in the latest attack blamed on radical Islamists.

According to police, at least three assailants on a motorbike fled the scene after hacking Shyamonando Das him with sharp weapons.

The attack happened early Friday in Jhenaidah district as the victim was plucking flowers for his morning prayers near the temple.

Local police chief Hasan Hafizur Rahman says the worker died on the spot.

At least 18 people, including atheist bloggers, foreign aid workers and religious minorities, have been killed in attacks over the last two years. Police launched a crackdown that led to the arrests of some 12,000 people.