ISIS claims it killed man in Bangladesh

For­eign­ers from ‘cru­sader coali­tion coun­tries’ warned

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - FROM NEWS SER­VICES

DHAKA, BANGLADESH — The Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for shoot­ing a Ja­panese man in Bangladesh on Satur­day morn­ing, the sec­ond for­eign na­tional it says it has killed here within a week, and the group threat­ened more such at­tacks.

The in­ci­dent took place at Mahi­ganj vil­lage in Rang­pur dis­trict, said Rezaul Karim, a po­lice of­fi­cial.

The vic­tim was iden­ti­fied as Ku­nio Hoshi, about 50, Karim said, adding that Hoshi had started a farm in Rang­pur, about 185 miles north of the cap­i­tal, Dhaka, to pro­duce grass.

Lo­cal res­i­dents said two bik­erid­ing as­sailants fired at Hoshi three times on Satur­day, Karim said. Po­lice have de­tained four peo­ple for ques­tion­ing, he said.

Satur­day’s killing oc­curred five days af­ter an Ital­ian aid worker was killed by mo­tor­bike-rid­ing as­sailants in Dhaka. The Is­lamic State also claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for that at­tack.

The gov­ern­ment, how­ever, dis­missed the claim, say­ing that there was no ev­i­dence. It de­scribed the killing as an “iso­lated in­ci­dent.”

The aid worker, Ce­sare Tavella, had been work­ing in Dhaka for a Nether­lands-based church co­op­er­a­tive, serv­ing as pro­gram man­ager for a pro­ject fo­cus­ing on food se­cu­rity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment for peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas in Bangladesh.

The Is­lamic State warned of more at­tacks.

“There will con­tinue to be a se­ries of on­go­ing se­cu­rity oper­a­tions against na­tion­als of cru­sader coali­tion coun­tries, they will not have safety or a liveli­hood in Mus­lim lands,” the group posted Satur­day on Twit­ter.

At­tacks on for­eign­ers are rare in Bangladesh. But there has been a ris­ing tide of Is­lamist vi­o­lence over the past year in which four online crit­ics of re­li­gious mil­i­tancy were hacked to death.

Among them was a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi ori­gin.

The Ja­panese and South Korean em­bassies, along with those of Western coun­tries, have all is­sued warn­ings for diplo­mats and cit­i­zens to be ex­tra vig­i­lant about their per­sonal se­cu­rity.

Mar­cia Ber­ni­cat, U.S. am­bas­sador to Bangladesh, said in a state­ment that she was sad­dened by the latest killing.

“I urge the gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh to in­ves­ti­gate ev­ery as­pect of this crime and to bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice as soon as pos­si­ble,” she said.

At a high-level meet­ing on Satur­day, it was de­cided that se­cu­rity will be in­creased at for­eign diplo­mats’ and for­eign na­tion­als’ homes and work­places, In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque said.

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