Bangladesh PM rejects ISIL link to foreigners' murder

PM's remarks came a day after 66-year-old Japanese citizen was shot dead in northern Bangladesh, the second foreigner to be murdered in the South Asian nation in less than a week

Bangladesh PM rejects ISIL link to foreigners' murder

World Bulletin / News Desk

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday dismissed the ISIL group's claim to have killed two foreigners, saying police still had no evidence to confirm the armed group was behind the murders.

Her remarks came a day after 66-year-old Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio was shot dead in northern Bangladesh, the second foreigner to be murdered in the South Asian nation in less than a week.

A 50-year-old Italian, Cesare Tavella, was shot dead last week near Dhaka's diplomatic zone in another attack claimed by ISIL.

"We have still not found any involvement (of ISIL). We have to investigate," Hasina told reporters at a press briefing in her office.

"We've got no clues. If someone claims responsibility, why should we have to accept it?" she said.

The prime minister added groups such as ISIL do not operate in the country, saying "our intelligence agencies are active... we will not allow any such activities in Bangladesh".

Italian aid worker Tavella was shot three times on September 28 by attackers who fled on a motorcycle -- an attack the Bangladeshi government described as an "isolated incident" in an attempt to calm security fears.

Kunio was riding in a rickshaw when he was shot dead by three unidentified attackers riding a motorbike in the town of Kaunia in Rangpur district.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has rejected any ISIL presence in the country but said the two killings appeared to be linked.  

"I can again say boldly that there is no existence of ISIL in Bangladesh," he said on Sunday, adding such murders were "an attempt to create instability in the country".

Police have launched a formal investigation into three unidentified suspects for the murder of Kunio, without naming a particular group, senior police officer Saifur Rahman told AFP.

He said police had also questioned four other people in connection with the inquiry since Saturday as they hunt the key suspects.   

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