Dhaka (dpa) – Investigators have captured four people suspected of involvement in the late September killing of an Italian man in the Bangladeshi capital, police said on Monday.
The suspects were arrested in different parts of the city, Dhaka police chief Asaduzzaman Mia said.
“All of them are wanted criminals,” he said. Investigators also recovered a motorbike believed to have been used during the murder of Tavella Cesare, a 50-year-old aid worker from Italy.
The killers were hired by a someone who wanted them to murder a foreigner in Bangladesh, Mia said.
“We are trying to track down the mastermind of the killing,” he said, adding that the victim seemed to have been a random choice.
“It was an attempt to pressurise the government through the killing a foreign national in Bangladesh,” the officer said.
Unidentified assailants shot Cesare three times as he was jogging in the city’s Gulshan diplomatic neighbourhood on September 28.
The gunmen travelled by motorbike and left the scene immediately, according to witnesses.
Cesare was employed by the Netherlands-based non-governmental organization ICCO.
Islamic State terrorists reportedly claimed responsibility for the shooting, but government denied that the group is active in Bangladesh.
Nothing was taken from the victim and police ruled out robbery as a motive.