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2nd Foreign Citizen Killed in Bangladesh ; Government Rejects Claim by Islamic State That It Carried out the Attacks

Newspaper article International New York Times

2nd Foreign Citizen Killed in Bangladesh ; Government Rejects Claim by Islamic State That It Carried out the Attacks

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suggested that the shootings might have been the work of homegrown militants aligned with her political opponents.

Bangladesh's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday dismissed claims that the Islamic State was behind the fatal shootings of two foreign citizens last week, instead suggesting that the shootings may have been the work of homegrown militants aligned with her political opponents in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, or B.N.P.

"I can surely say that I.S. or any such type of organization or their activities have not sprouted in Bangladesh yet," Ms. Hasina told reporters who visited her home for a press briefing on Sunday, according to an account by the state-owned news service.

A Japanese man has been killed by two unidentified gunmen in northern Bangladesh, less than a week after the killing of an Italian aid worker prompted fears that foreign citizens would become the target of extremist violence.

The police said the Japanese man, Kunio Hoshi, 66, was shot three times on Saturday while riding a rickshaw to a plot of land where he had been cultivating grass.

The gunmen, who were on foot and had covered their faces, fled the site of Mr. Hoshi's killing with a third man who was waiting on a motorcycle, said Rezaul Karim, an officer in charge in the Rangpur District, about 200 miles north of Dhaka. Mr. Hoshi died on the way to the hospital.

Mr. Karim said it was too early to speculate on a motive for the killing. He said the authorities had detained three people for questioning, but the three men who fled on the motorcycle were still at large.

After learning of the crime, the police officials in Dhaka held a two-hour meeting on Saturday to discuss measures to protect foreign citizens in Bangladesh and were ordered to increase visible policing across the country, a police official said on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak.

Last Monday, Cesare Tavella, 50, was killed in Dhaka by unidentified gunmen who raced away from the scene on a motorbike

Hours after each killing, a social media account believed to be used by the Islamic State posted a statement claiming responsibility for killing men they described as "crusaders," according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors radical Islamic websites. …

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