Published On : Tue, Feb 28th, 2017

5 members of Bangladesh terror outfit sentenced to death

Five militants from the banned JMB terror outfit were today sentenced to death in Bangladesh for killing a 66-year-old Japanese national in 2015.

The order to hang five militants from the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh was given by a court in Rangpur, the Daily Star reported. The court acquitted two accused in the case as the allegations brought against them were not proved.

Kunio Hoshi, who had come to Bangladesh in May 2015, was gunned down on October 3 in the same year in Rangpur. His murder came five days after a 50-year-old Italian aid worker was shot dead by motorbike-born militants in Dhaka’s upmarket diplomatic area.

Charges were framed against eight members of the JMB in mid-November 2016 for killing Hoshi. Five of them are in a Rangpur jail, while two died in “gunfights” with security forces and one militant is yet to be arrested, the report said.

Bangladesh has seen a wave of extremist violence since 2015.