IS claims killing of Japanese in Bangladesh

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Staff Writer

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the shooting death of a Japanese national on Saturday in Bangladesh — the second foreigner to be slain there in less than a week — and promised more attacks.

The militant group issued a statement on Twitter saying it was behind the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi networks. The Islamic State group had earlier claimed responsibility for the murder of an Italian citizen shot dead in Bangladesh on Tuesday. Both accounts could not be independently confirmed.

Kunio Hoshi, believed to be in his 60s, was gunned down by masked attackers on a motorcycle while en route to an agricultural project he was working on in the northern district of Rangpur, local media reported. He was reportedly shot in the head, chest and leg and died on the way to the hospital.

Later Saturday, the Islamic State group warned of further attacks.

“There will continue to be a series of ongoing security operations against nationals of crusader coalition countries, they will not have safety or a livelihood in Muslim lands,” the group tweeted.

On Saturday, the Japanese Embassy in Bangladesh issued a warning on its website urging citizens there to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary trips outside.

Hoshi came to Bangladesh from Nepal on Aug. 28 and had been staying with a friend in Munshipara, in the Rangpur district, Kyodo News reported. He had previously visited the country in February, when he became involved with an agricultural project for growing and developing Napier grass on leased land.

The killing of Hoshi came just days after Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella was shot dead in similar fashion in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

The Bangladesh government sought to allay fears after the shootings, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dismissing the IS links

“Someone will post something online . . . why should we accept that unless we prove that? We cannot accept that,” Hasina told reporters Sunday.

Hoshi’s murder came less than a month after Tokyo ordered all diplomatic offices abroad to beef up security after the IS called on supporters to attack Japanese missions in Indonesia, Malaysia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the latest edition of Dabiq, its English-language Internet magazine.

Earlier this year, the extremist group killed two Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa, 42, and Kenji Goto, 47.

The magazine said the group executed the two to “humiliate the arrogance of this Japanese government,” and accused Japan of having been a player in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

If Hoshi’s death is confirmed, the growing tally could have implications for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration’s push to give Japan a more robust role in global security issues.

“If it is indeed confirmed that this was an IS-inspired or related killing, it surely will put more pressure on Tokyo to take a more active role in ramping up counterterrorism and intelligence cooperation with the U.S. and other more experienced states such as those in the Five Eyes network,” said J. Berkshire Miller, fellow for the East Asia program at the New York-based EastWest Institute.

The Five Eyes refers to an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Still, Miller said, do not expect to see Self-Defense Forces troops shipping out for Iraq or Syria any time soon.

“IS affiliates and inspired jihadi extremists groups aligned with IS are popping out all around the globe — but there needs to be a distinction between combating IS in Syria and Iraq versus the more broader fight against violent Islamic extremism,” Miller said. “I don’t see the Abe administration trying to spin the IS-related deaths into a push for Japan to become heavily engaged in Syria and Iraq.

Attacks on foreigners in Muslim-majority Bangladesh are rare, but it has seen a surge in violence by hard-line Islamic groups recently, including the killings of four secular bloggers who had criticized extremists and religious fundamentalism.

  • P.K.Chaudhuri

    Muslims all over the world should condemn the killing of the Japanese Person, who was helping the local population in Bangladesh. Muslim academicians all over world must deliberate on the matter. Message of hatred is issued in the name of religion need to be stopped. Islamic media must start a global campaign for review of interpretations of religious teaching which deals with violence.
    Let us make this world peaceful and a better place to live.

    • gun holder

      you really think that Muslims can kill innocent people and they have violence towards another religion?fanaticism and terrorism has been taught to peoples by non Muslim people when they (colonialists) are aggressively attacked against a weak countries in several centuries , yes, they exchanged and brought its knowledge of industrialization as well as they taught how to use guns and bombs. all guns has been produced and producing in the West and selling to East, as well as to Muslim countries. Let’s stop produce Guns, bombs and etc and let’s protest against the Guns producer but what about Oregon; Ten people were killed and another seven injured Thursday after a 26-year-old gunman opened fire in a classroom at a community college here in southern Oregon. but in Bangladesh or other countries with Muslim beliefs are rarely happen mass murders but occasionally happen some crimes (Theft, Burglary and Robbery) as in Japan or other countries happen.

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    • FARHAN TANVIR

      first of all make sure that you are justifying the matter based on a single definition. Do you not thing that killing is also a regular crime in USA AUSTRALIA INDIA ENGLAND etc. ?? don’t say that only muslims are criminal.

  • Ahojanen

    Dubious, as anybody is free to claim IS if he wants to.

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  • alain

    Hoshi converted to Islam 3 months ago. So ISIS claims regarding crusaders and so on has its roots in pur ignorance. ISIS = baka

  • alain

    Hoshi converted to Islam 3 months ago. So ISIS claims regarding crusaders and so on has its roots in pur ignorance. ISIS = baka

  • achakma

    Bangladesh is a fundamentalist Taliban state. It has driven out its Hindu population in millions. Genetically there is no difference between Bengali Hindus and Muslims. Yet Hindus are treated as 3rd class citizen because of their non-Muslim faith. Bangladesh has been waging jihad against the Buddhists in Chittagong Hill Tracts for more than 40 years. Buddhists in Chittagong Hill Tracts are terrorized, massacred and raped in thousands.

  • achakma

    Unfortunately some foreigners are unaware of the fact that Bangladesh is a Taliban state in disguise. Some naive foreigners venture into Bangladesh without knowing the extremist mindset of the people. Bangladesh treats its Hindu minority as 3rd class citizen because of their non-Muslim faith. Bangladesh has been waging jihad against Buddhist minority in Chittagong Hill Tracts for more than 40 years.

    • sagor777

      why are hiding yourself traitor?. show us your face if you are speaking the truth. you represent .0015% of our population and govt reserved 5% jobs for you and this is the RETURN, traitor.