Eight charged with Japanese farmer's murder in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi police stand guard in Rangpur in October 2015 at the site where Japanese farmer Hoshi Kunio was shot to deathEight members of an outlawed Islamist group have been charged with murdering a Japanese farmer who was shot dead in northern Bangladesh last year, a prosecutor said Monday. Hoshi Kunio, 66, was killed last October in a drive-by shooting on a dirt road outside the northern town of Rangpur where he was a long-term resident. Although the Islamic State group took responsibility for Kunio’s killing, police later detained four suspected members of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an extremist group which was banned for over a decade.

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