Four held in Bangladesh over Japanese farmer murder

Four held in Bangladesh over Japanese farmer murder
Bangladesh police said officers picked up two more people for questioning over the murder of Hoshio Kunio, a Japanese farmer.
PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA - Bangladesh police said Friday officers picked up two more people for questioning over the murder of a Japanese farmer, an attack claimed by the Islamist State group, with two others in custody.

Hoshio Kunio was shot dead on Saturday in the northwestern city of Rangpur, the second foreigner to be killed in a week, with IS claiming both attacks, although experts are dubious.

Police did not disclose the identity of the pair, but local media said they work in a private bank in Rajshahi city, 150 kilometres (95 miles) south of Rangpur.

"Police picked up the two from Rajshahi for questioning over the killing of the Japanese national. They are not formally arrested yet," national police spokesman Nazrul Islam told AFP.

Earlier this week an opposition activist and a businessman were remanded for ten days in police custody for questioning about Kunio's murder.

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