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By The Associated Press

A university professor has been hacked to death on his way to work in northern Bangladesh in an attack similar to other killings by suspected Muslim militants, police said.

A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was attacked Saturday on his way to the state-run university in Rajshahi city, where he taught English.

A man holds a portrait of Bangladeshi professor Rezaul Karim Siddique, who was hacked to death by unidentified attackers Saturday.MD. ABDULLAH IQBAL / AFP - Getty Images

Deputy police commissioner Nahidul Islam said the attack was similar to recent killings of atheist bloggers in Muslim-majority Bangladesh by radical Islamists.

No groups have claimed responsibility for the attack and police are investigating.

Islam said the attackers used sharp weapons and fled the scene immediately after.

At least three other professors at Rajshahi University have been killed in recent years allegedly by Islamist groups.