Islamic State says it gunned down Italian veterinarian in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for gunning down an Italian aid worker in the diplomatic quarter of Bangladesh’s capital, according to an intelligence group that monitors jihadist threats.

The claim by the Sunni extremist group could not immediately be verified independently, but if confirmed would mark its first attack in Bangladesh, a secular country with a predominantly Muslim population. The South Asian nation has been struggling in recent months with the rapid rise of hard-line Islamic groups, banning several that have been blamed for killing four bloggers this year.

Police in Dhaka, the capital, said they had no leads in tracing the three unidentified assailants who, riding on a single motorcycle, drove up alongside Italian citizen Cesare Tavella and shot him Monday night.

  • Hard Little Machine

    People who go to Muslim countries need to sign a waiver or something acknowledging they’re retarded and will probably be murdered.

  • David Murrell

    Mighty brave of the Islamic state to murder an aid worker. Mighty brave.