DAMASCUS – The Islamic State radical group (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for fatally shooting an Italian aid worker in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka on Monday.
The group said in a statement that an allied security detachment in Dhaka has killed the Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella after tracking him.
ISIS statement added that Tavella was shot with silenced weapons.
The shooting took place in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone, where the victim was shot three times, police officials said.
“The attackers fled the scene after Tavella fell to the ground. He was rushed to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared him dead,” a police statement added.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh government said in a statement that it did not have any proof regarding the ISIS claim.
Dhaka’s security commissioner Ohiduzzaman Mian told reporters: “We are not clear who killed him but we think it was a preplanned murder.”
Tavella, 50, was the project manager of Profitable Opportunities for Food Security (Proofs), a project of the Netherlands-based organisation ICCO Cooperation.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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