Banned group JMB’s member killed Japanese researcher in Bangladesh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2015 23:53 IST
Bangladeshi security officers examine the site where the Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was shot dead by masked assailants on a motorbike, at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 km north of Dhaka. (AP File Photo)

Police in Bangladesh said on Tuesday a suspected member of the banned group Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) made a confessional statement that he and his accomplices attacked and killed a Japanese researcher two months ago.

Three men riding on a bike hit Kunio Hoshi as he was travelling by a rickshaw in a solitary village in the northern district of Rangpur on October 3. He was involved in agricultural research in Bangladesh. Humayun Kabir, deputy inspector general of police in Rangur region, told a press conference that JMB leader Masud Rana shot and killed the Japanese man.

Kabir said Rana, 38, confessed to judicial magistrate Shafiul Alam on Monday that he was involved in the killing. The region’s public prosecutor Abdul Malek said Rana’s statement elaborately narrated how he was involved in the incident.

“He confessed that it was an act of JMB,” he said.

Hoshi was killed within a week of the slaying of another Italian aid worker in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

According to SITE Intelligence Group, the Sunni radical group Islamic State claimed responsibility for both the attacks but the government rejected the claim outright, saying it was an act of local radical groups.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly blamed opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its key political partner Jamaat-e-Islami for the killings of foreigners in a bid to destabilise the country.

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