(CNN) A 70-year-old Hindu priest was hacked to death Tuesday morning in southwestern Bangladesh, police say.
The priest, Ananda Gopal Ganguly, was on his way to temple when his assailants attacked him in a field in a secluded part of a village in the country’s Jhenaidah district, Altaf Hossain, a police superintendent, told CNN.
He said police have never received complaints about threats to the Hindu community in the village.
“We believe the attackers came from outside the village,” Hossain said.
An investigation is underway.
Deadly hackings have become increasingly common in Bangladesh.
Ganguly’s killing comes days after Mahmuda Khanam Mitu, the wife of a prominent anti-terror police officer, was killed in Chittagong.
Three men shot and stabbed her to death while she was taking her son to catch a school bus.
Last month, ISIS claimed responsibility for hacking a doctor to death; a man was arrested in the killing of two lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists; a Buddhist monk had his throat slit; a Sufi spiritual leader’s body was found in a mango orchard; and three people were detained in relation to the hacking death of a Hindu tailor.