A blogger was hacked to death in the Bangladesh capital this morning, police have said.

It is the latest attack on the country's independent writers.

Police have arrested two men over the murder, which comes just weeks after an American aethist blogger was also hacked to death in the capital city of Dhaka.

Describing this morning's attack, local police chief Wahidul Islam said: "He was brutally hacked to death this morning with big knives just 500 yards [460m] from his home at Dhaka's Begunbari area."

Mr Islam said the men were arrested immediately after the attack trying to flee the scene.

Police said they were unsure whether the victim, Washiqur Rahman, 27, was also an atheist blogger, although reports on social media said that he was known to write "against religious fundamentalism".

Mr Rahman was described as "a progressive free thinker" who was against religious fundamentalism.

Police have also arrested a suspect over the killing in February of American atheist writer and blogger Avijit Roy.

Mr Roy was the second atheist blogger to have been murdered in the Muslim-majority country in the last two years and the fourth writer to have been attacked since 2004.    

His killing sparked an uproar at home and abroad, with activists holding protests for days to demand justice.

They also slammed the country's secular government for not doing enough to protect humanist writers.