Japanese shot dead in Bangladesh
DHAKA: A Japanese citizen was shot dead by gunmen in a northern Bangladesh town on Saturday, police said, days after an Italian aid worker was murdered in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
Police said the victim, whom they named as Hoshi Kunio, aged 66, was riding in a rickshaw when he was shot dead in Kaunia town in Rangpur district.
“He was travelling to the town from Rangpur city, where he had been living for a while, on a cycle rickshaw when his vehicle was stopped by three men riding on a motorcycle,” deputy police chief of Rangpur, Saifur Rahman, told AFP. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Kamal said the killings of the two foreigners appeared to be linked.
“We see both the killings are similar. Three killers came on motorcyles and fired shots from behind with pistols,” he said.
“The aim of the murder of innocent people in this way is to make an attempt to create instability in the country,” Kamal added.