Taslima Nasreen
Has Isis-affiliated group from Kerala issued a death threat to Taslima Nasreen?Taslima Nasreen/Twitter

Bangladeshi writer and activist Taslima Nasreen has been named on a hit list released by Islamist militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team, which was behind the fatal hacking of four Bangladeshi bloggers this year. 

The group reportedly put up a list of 14 names of bloggers and writers on social media on Sunday, which includes several Bangladeshi writers who are now living abroad. 

Taslima Nasreen has been living in the United States after threats to her life. She was moved to the US in May this year by the Center for Inquiry (CFI), which had said Nasreen was the 'next target for murder by Al Qaeda-linked extremists'. 

Apart from Nasreen, , other bloggers and writers on the terror hit list are Farjana Kabir Khan and Asif Mohiuddin who are currently in Germany, and Arifur Rahman and Santanu Adib who are in the UK.  

Some of these names had also appeared in a previous hit list issued by Ansarullah Bangla Team in September, in which the militants had called them 'enemies of Islam' and threatened to kill them if their citizenship was not cancelled. 

Ansarullah Bangla Team is behind the brutal hacking of four bloggers in Bangladesh this year- Avijit Roy in February, Oyasiqur Rehman in March, Ananta Bijoy Das in May and Niloy Neel in August.

On Saturday, two publishers of Avijit Roy in Dhaka were attacked, and one succumbed to injuries. 

The increasing attacks on writers and activists in Bangladesh has sparked international concern about the growing influence of Islamist extremists in the nation.