A U.S. Embassy worker and editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine was among two men hacked to death Monday evening in Dhaka, officials say.
A statement from the U.S. Embassy identified the man as Xulhaz Mannan, calling him a "dear friend."
Mannan and someone described only as a friend were in a flat in Dhaka when five or six young men posing as couriers arrived at Mannan's building under the guise of delivering a package, said Mohammad Iqbal, officer in charge of the Kalabagan police station.
They entered the second-floor apartment and hacked Mannan and his friend to death with machetes, Iqbal said. Mannan's mother and a maid were also in the flat at the time are both alive.
Amnesty International identified the other man killed as Tanay Mojumdar.
Mannan was the editor of Roopbaan, a Dhaka-based LGBT magazine that describes itself as "a platform and publication promoting human rights and freedom to love in Bangladesh."
"He was the kind of person willing to fight for what he believed in, someone ready to stand up for his own rights and the rights of others," USAID Administrator Gayle Smith said in a statement.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the killing a “barbaric murder.”