Buddhist Monk Found Hacked to Death at Bangladesh Temple

Buddhist monks take part in a protest in Yangon February 11, 2015. A Buddhist monk was found hacked to death Saturday in Bangladesh Reuters

An elderly Buddhist monk was hacked to death on Saturday at a temple in Bangladesh, police said.

The body of Mongsowe U Chak, 75, was found at the isolated temple where he lived alone in Naikkhangchhari village, about 211 miles southeast of Dhaka, police said.

Police said they did not know the motive of the killing, and no one had been arrested.

The Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people has seen a surge in violent attacks over the past few months in which liberal activists, members of minority Muslim sects and other religious groups have been targeted by Islamist extremists.

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for some of the killings although the government denies the Sunni militant group has a presence in the country, saying homegrown extremists are behind the attacks.