U.S. condemns 'barbaric attack' on Bangladesh gay rights activist | Reuters

WASHINGTON The United States is outraged by the "barbaric attack" on a leading gay rights activist in Bangladesh, who was hacked to death at his apartment along with a friend, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

"We are outraged by the barbaric attack on Mr. Xulhaz Mannan, a beloved member of our embassy family and a courageous advocate for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rights, human rights, actually," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

Kirby said he did not know the motivation for the killing, adding that Mannan had done work for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Paul Simao)

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