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Islamic State again claims killing of Japanese in Bangladesh in online publication

Kyodo

The Islamic State group again laid claim to the killing of a Japanese agricultural worker in northern Bangladesh in early October in their recently released online magazine.

Just after Kunio Hoshi, 66, was shot dead by unidentified assailants on his way to a farming project in the Rangpur district on Oct. 3, a group claiming to be an Islamic State cell claimed responsibility for the killing online.

Referring to this attack, the jihadi organization said in its latest edition of Dabiq magazine that Islamic State fighters killed a Japanese from a member nation that stands in opposition to IS.

Hoshi was slain days after an Italian aid worker was shot dead in Dhaka in another assault blamed on IS.

Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi government has ruled out the possibility of the Islamic State group operating in the country and suggested an opposition party may be behind the attacks.

On Friday, a media report quoting Bangladeshi security forces said three men who had been detained for alleged illegal possession of weapons may have been involved in the shooting death of Hoshi. At least one of the three detained men is reportedly a supporter of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

The IS propaganda magazine also claimed that two hostages, one from China and the other from Norway, have been killed, and published a photo showing the executed captives.

The group had threatened to kill them and sought ransom in a previous edition of the magazine. The Chinese Foreign Ministry acknowledged in September that the extremist group was holding a Chinese citizen hostage and said the government launched an emergency response.

The magazine also carried a photo of what it claimed to be an explosive device planted on board the Russian passenger jet that was downed on Oct. 31 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

The group said it had initially targeted a plane from a country in the U.S.-led Western coalition but switched the aim to a Russian plane after Moscow started air bombing in Syria.

The Russian newspaper Kommersant said Wednesday, quoting investigative sources, that an explosive device was planted beneath a passenger seat of the Kogalymavia airline flight, contrary to earlier reports that an explosive was placed in a cargo hold for checked baggage.

The St. Petersburg-bound Airbus A321 crashed just after taking off from the Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all 224 people on board.