Image of Asia: Embassy claims remains of Italian aid worker

AP News
Posted: Oct 14, 2015 8:57 AM

In this photo by A.M. Ahad, the body of aid worker Cesare Tavella is carried toward an ambulance after an Italian embassy official claimed it from a hospital morgue in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Tavella was shot by three men on a motorcycle who rode up beside him on a street in the capital's diplomatic quarter on Sept. 28. His body was being returned to Italy on Wednesday night. The killings of the Italian and another foreigner, Kunio Hoshi of Japan, have spooked tourists and expatriates and raised alarm about whether Islamic radicals are gaining a foothold and whether foreigners are safe in moderate, secular Bangladesh. Authorities banned the Ansarullah Bangla Team after extremists linked to it claimed responsibility for the killings of four secular bloggers thus year. The government says it is still investigating the killings of the two foreigners and has rejected claims of responsibility by the Islamic State group.