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US for quick probe into murder of Japanese

Update : 03 Oct 2015, 07:38 PM

The US has called upon Bangladesh to probe every aspect of the shooting death of Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi, the second foreign national killed in a week.

US Ambassador-designate in Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat made the call yesterday in a statement posted on the official Facebook page of US Embassy in Dhaka.

The statement reads: “I urge the Government of Bangladesh to investigate every aspect of this crime and to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

“I am deeply saddened by the murder of Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi in Rangpur.”

After the murder, Japan Embassy issued an alert for Japanese citizens in Bangladesh.

“We have encouraged them to exercise a maximum level of vigilance,” an embassy official said.

The notice advised Japanese nationals to remain alert while travelling and to use cars and remain careful while going to offices, hotels and other places.

Following the murder of Hoshi, South Korean Embassy in Dhaka also issued a notice the same day.

The notice reads: “According to local media reports, a Japanese national was shot and killed by unknown miscreants in Kaunia, Rangpur city in the morning on Oct 3 [Saturday].

“Exercise caution and maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times in all places.”

Attacks on foreigners are rare in Bangladesh. But it has seen a rising tide of Islamist violence over the past year, in which four online critics of religious militancy hacked to death, among them a US citizen of Bangladesh origin.

Last week, the US, UK and Italy issued alerts for their citizens living in Bangladesh asking them to limit their attendance at events where foreigners may gather.

Australia cricket team postponed its Bangladesh tour on Thursday over security concern. They were scheduled to due Bangladesh on September 28.

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