5 October 2015

Japan says outraged by killing of Japanese man in Bangladesh

People walk past a screen showing TV news reports of Saturday's militant attack on a Japanese in Bangladesh, in Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Japanese officials said Sunday that they were investigating the fatal shooting of a Japanese citizen in Bangladesh as a possible terrorist attack after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killing.
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.
Bangladeshi members of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) investigate the killing of Japanese Kunio Hoshi at the morgue of Rangpur medical hospital in Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, early Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.

"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."
Bangladeshi security officers stand by the site where a Japanese Kunio Hoshi was killed at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.

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.
Saturday's attack took place in Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, with local residents saying two assailants shot three times at Hoshi. A third man waited for the pair on a motorbike, and the three then fled together on the bike.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported that Hoshi, a 66-year-old farmer from Japan's northern prefecture of Iwate, had operated agricultural projects in that region and near Tokyo. 
(AP)  
A Bangladeshi boy walks past the crime scene of Kunio Hoshi, a Japanese citizen killed Saturday, at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.
A Bangladeshi boy walks past the crime scene of Kunio Hoshi, a Japanese citizen killed Saturday, at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday. 
Bangladeshi security officers stand by the site where a Japanese Kunio Hoshi was killed at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.
Bangladeshi security officers stand by the site where a Japanese Kunio Hoshi was killed at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.  
Villagers stand next the crime scene of Kunio Hoshi, a Japanese citizen killed Saturday, at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.
Villagers stand next the crime scene of Kunio Hoshi, a Japanese citizen killed Saturday, at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.  
Villagers walk near the area where Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was killed, at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.
Villagers walk near the area where Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was killed, at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday. 
Bangladeshi muslim students gather outside their madrassa, or a religious school, in Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Japanese officials said Sunday that they were investigating the fatal shooting of a Japanese citizen in Bangladesh as a possible terrorist attack after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killing. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi in Mahiganj, police said. He was the second foreigner in a week to be gunned down in the South Asian country.
Bangladeshi muslim students gather outside their madrassa, or a religious school, in Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Japanese officials said Sunday that they were investigating the fatal shooting of a Japanese citizen in Bangladesh as a possible terrorist attack after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killing. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi in Mahiganj, police said. He was the second foreigner in a week to be gunned down in the South Asian country. 
Bangladeshi security officers stand by the site where a Japanese Kunio Hoshi was killed at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.
Bangladeshi security officers stand by the site where a Japanese Kunio Hoshi was killed at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday. 
An elderly villager walks past the site where Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was killed, at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday.
An elderly villager walks past the site where Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was killed, at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed Kunio Hoshi on Saturday, police said. The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online. The report could not be independently confirmed. The extremist group also claimed responsibility for the killing of an Italian aid worker last Monday. 

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