The body of Kunio Hoshi has been kept at Rangpur Medical College Hospital after autopsy, officials say, as police continue to question six detainees for information about the Japanese national’s murder. They have also started a case accusing three unidentified men for the killing.The autopsy was conducted on Sunday morning under the supervision of a three-member medical board.RMCH forensic department chief Rafiqul Islam told reporters that Kunio was shot from close range.“Our primary assessment is that he died from excessive bleeding. But you’ll have to wait for the autopsy report for details,” he said.RMCH Director Dr SM Barkat Ullah told reporters, “No decision has been made regarding handing over of the Japanese national’s body. That’s why it is currently kept in the mortuary.”
Hoshi was gunned down in Rangpur’s Kaunia Upazila on Saturday morning, five days after the almost similar murder of Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella in Dhaka’s Gulshan.Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility for murdering both foreigners and threatened more attacks.But the government has ruled out the presence of the militant group in Bangladesh.Kunio was on his way to his grass farm at Kaunia’s Alutari village when three masked men riding a motorcycle shot him thrice from close range and fled, police said quoting locals.The 66-year-old died on his way to the hospital.
A delegation from the Japanese embassy in Dhaka visited the hospital Sunday morning before the autopsy.They also visited the area at Alutari village where Kunio was attacked.