Hoshi Kunio, a 66-year-old Japanese citizen, was riding in a rickshaw in Kaunia in Rangpur district, a northern Bangladesh town, when he was shot dead by gunmen at about 10:30 am local time (04:30 GMT) on Saturday.
According to Saifur Rahman, the deputy police chief of Rangpur, “He was travelling to the town from Rangpur city, where he had been living for a while, on a cycle rickshaw when his vehicle was stopped by three men riding on a motorcycle.”
Police said that Kunio was a frequent visitor to Bangladesh and worked on a farming project in Rangpur, about 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka.
“Two of the assailants shot him twice in the chest with pistols while the other waited with the motorbike ready to flee,” local police chief Rezaul Karim said.
He added that four people had been interrogated over the murder but none had been arrested.
The attack came less than a week after Cesare Tavella, an Italian aid worker, was shot dead near Dhaka