The Islamic State group took responsibility for the shooting of an Italian missionary in Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Piero Parolari, a physician living in the region for almost thirty years, was wounded in the neck after assailants pulled up behind him on a motorcycle and shot at him.
Authorities said that a bullet grazed the back of his head but did not penetrate his skull.
The Islamic State group released a statement on Thursday saying that members shot Parolari, a doctor, with a gun and silencer. The statement also indicated that the group had attacked a member of the Bahai religious community and murdered a politician, Rahma Ali.
Authorities in Bangladesh have continued to deny that the Islamic State group has infiltrated the country and has adamantly blamed other “opposition” groups.
On Wednesday Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber were blocked in the country by Bangladeshi authorities for what they described as “security reasons”. The Islamic State group continues to uses messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram to publicly claim responsibility for their most recent attacks.