Ja­pan says out­raged by killing of Ja­panese man in Bangladesh


Ja­pan’s top gov­ern­ment spokesman ex­pressed out­rage Mon­day over the killing of a Ja­panese citizen who be­came the sec­ond for­eigner to be gunned down in Bangladesh in less than a week.

Ku­nio Hoshi was shot to death by uniden­ti­fied as­sailants in north­ern Bangladesh on Satur­day. Bangladesh’s gov­ern­ment re­jected a state­ment by the Is­lamic State group claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

“Such a das­tardly act should never be re­peated. I feel out­raged by such an act,” Yoshi­hide Suga, Ja­pan’s chief Cab­i­net sec­re­tary, told re­porters in Tokyo on Mon­day. He ex­tended con­do­lences to Hoshi’s fam­ily, and said the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment was seek­ing a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case.

Bangladesh has been strug­gling in re­cent months with a rise in vi­o­lence claimed by hard-line Is­lamic groups, ban­ning sev­eral that have been blamed for killing four blog­gers this year.

The Is­lamic State group is­sued a state­ment claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for Satur­day’s at­tack, ac­cord­ing to the SITE In­tel­li­gence Group, which mon­i­tors ji­hadi post­ings online. The re­port could not be in­de­pen­dently con­firmed. The Is­lamic State also claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the killing of an Ital­ian aid worker last week in Bangladesh’s cap­i­tal.

“Oh, it’s ab­so­lutely rub­bish, there is no IS in the coun­try, no way,” Bangladeshi Home Min­is­ter Asaduz­za­man Khan told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Sun­day. “Why would IS do this here? These are in­ci­dents for cre­at­ing in­sta­bil­ity in the coun­try.”

“The claims are fishy and we are ex­am­in­ing,” he said.

Khan’s view was echoed by Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina, who also dis­missed the Is­lamic State’s claims.

“Some­one will post some­thing online ... why should we ac­cept that un­less we prove that? We can­not ac­cept that,” she told re­porters.

Fol­low­ing the Is­lamic State’s claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Sept. 28 killing of Ital­ian aid worker Ce­sare Tavella, who was gunned down by mo­tor­bike-rid­ing as­sailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s gov­ern­ment said there was no ev­i­dence that the ex­trem­ist group was in­volved and called it an “iso­lated in­ci­dent.”

Hasina on Sun­day blamed the coun­try’s main op­po­si­tion Bangladesh Na­tion­al­ist Party and its key ally, Ja­maat-e-Is­lami, for the at­tacks, ac­cus­ing the groups of try­ing to desta­bi­lize the coun­try.

How­ever, a spokesman for the BNP re­futed the prime min­is­ter’s charge, say­ing Hasina’s state­ments were ex­pected and re­gret­table.


Bangladeshi se­cu­rity of­fi­cers stand by the site where Ku­nio Hoshi was killed at Mahi­ganj vil­lage in Rang­pur dis­trict, 300 kilo­me­ters north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sun­day, Oct. 4.

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