Dhaka/Rome (dpa) – Islamic State terrorists said they were behind the shooting of an Italian man in Dhaka Monday, in what would be the first known attack by the extremist group in Bangladesh.
Tavella Cesare, a 50-year-old aid worker, was shot three times on a street as he was jogging, local media reported.
The Islamic State took responsibility for the murder, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group Enterprise said, showing a screenshot of a statement in Arabic.
“We are working on checking the claim by IS,” Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told national news agency Ansa.
Nothing was taken from the victim and police ruled out robbery as a motive.
“It appears to be a planned murder,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the Samakal newspaper. “Police will also look into whether it was a part of any conspiracy to destabilise Bangladesh.”
Police spokesman Muntasirul Islam said authorities were trying to substantiate the purported claim by the terrorist group Islamic State).
Britain’s foreign ministry warned of an increased terrorism risk in the country.