Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni and Bangladeshi police said they were investigating an online claim of responsibility by ISIS for the murder of an Italian aid worker in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
Fifty year-old Tavella Cesare was shot dead while jogging in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Monday. Robbery being the motive of the killing was discounted as none of the victim's belongings were taken.
Alo Rani Dhali, Cesare’s colleague from Netherlands-based church cooperative ICCO, said Cesare came to Bangladesh in May.
A statement were released by ISIS claiming responsibility for their first South Asian murder. According to the statement in Arabic, the Italian citizen was killed with a “silenced weapon.”
Bangladeshi home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said evidence and previous experience shows that the Italian aid worker’s killing was an apparent “planned murder” but have not confirmed ISIS’ claim of responsibility for the killlings.
“Police will also look into whether it was a part of any conspiracy to destabilise Bangladesh," he said.
Police in Dhaka have not confirmed ISIS' claim either. They said there is no definite information yet and they are waiting for an investigation.
Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain, a witness who took Cesare to hospital, stated that he heard three gunshots. He told he saw two people yet could not identify the assailants as the streets were too dark.
Hossain’s claims have not been confirmed yet, police spokesperson Muntasirul Islam said. Street beggars who witnessed the incident were also questioned by Dhaka police, local media reported on Tuesday.