According to this report, a group named Ansar Al Islam claimed responsibility for the vicious machete attack that ended the life of the 28-year-old activist.
In an email sent to the media, they said that Niloy had been killed for his “blasphemous” activities, and warned others of similar consequences for demeaning the Almighty and the Prophet.
A US Department of State spokesperson said said in a press release that this heinous act once again underscores the need to work together to counter violent extremism.
We stand with Bangladeshis who reject this vicious act and who work to protect space for freedom of expression.
The US also offer our condolences to his family and our support to the Bangladeshi people.
In another statement, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire expressed his shock at the murder.
I was appalled to learn of the violent murder in Bangladesh of blogger Niloy Neel, the fourth such death this year. It was a horrifying and cowardly crime. My thoughts are with Niloy’s family and friends.
I call on the Bangladeshi authorities to investigate his death urgently, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The UK minister said that freedom of speech is a universal right which must be protected.
The UK stands together with the people and government of Bangladesh in the face of extremism.
Hat tip Ivan Bailey