Taslima Nasreen flees India to US after death threats

Award-winning Bangladeshi writer and human rights activist Taslima Nasreen has fled from India to the US after she was named as an al-Qaeda murder target.

Ms Nasreen recently tweeted that she was not safe in India.

"Was threatened by Islamists who killed atheist bloggers in B'desh. Worried,"

The US based Center for Inquiry (CFI), confirmed that Taslima Nasreen arrived in America last week. The CFI assisted in transporting her safely to the U.S., alleviating the immediate threat to her life.

Ms Nasreen was specifically named as an imminent target by the same extremists who killed three secular bloggers this year in Bangladesh.

She tweeted: "Wanted to meet GOI (government of India) but no appointment. Left. Will be back when feel safe."

A strong critic of fundamentalist Islam, the 52-year-old feminist writer was forced to leave Bangladesh in 1994 after receiving death threats from radical Muslim groups who condemned a number of her writings as blasphemous.

She spent a decade in Europe and the US before India granted her a temporary residential permit in 2004.

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