“During a special operation of the Caliphate’s soldiers in Bangladesh, a security squad targeted the despicable crusader Cesare Tavella. After having followed him on a street in Dhaka, we shot him with silenced weapons. Praise be to God”. There is no formality, but according to the tweet of Rita Katz, the director of Site, this is an ISIS claim (but it would be more correct name it Daesh) after the ambush during which was killed the Italian cooperator.
The only certain thing is Tavella’s death which was confirmed also by the Bangladeshi authorities and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The assassinated man was 51. The murderous blitz was organized on the streets of the Gulshan district by at least three armed men who have reached the victim on a motorcycle and “riddled him with bullets”.
Today, the British Foreign Office had warned its fellow-citizens against the threat of terrorism in the south-east of the Asian country, referring in particular to “reliable information” about the fact that “militants may be planning to attack points of interests for the West in Bangladesh”. Yesterday, the Australian cricket team put off its departure for a tour in the country out of fear of targeted attacks. Tavella, according to the police, was dressed for jogging when he was reached by the armed commando in the street at around 7 p.m. Witnesses told the local media that they heard at least three shots which have wounded the man in the abdomen, the right hand, and in the left elbow. The armed men have then left the Italian “in a pool of blood” and managed to escape.
Some passers-by took Tavella to ‘United Hospitals’, where, according to a medical source, he arrived already dead “with numerous wounds”. The police ruled out immediately the hypothesis of a robbery gone wrong, given that the victim had still with him all his personal effects. In Dacca, Tavella was working as a project manager for a Dutch Ngo, the Icco Cooperation, that has offices in Bangladesh. In detail, he coordinated the project ‘Proofs’ (Profitable Opportunities for Food Security), in the field of local agriculture and food.
The Isis’ frenzy message ends with the following words: “To the members of the crusade coalition we say: You are not safe on the land of the Muslims. It is only the first drop of rain”. Intelligence is in the process of evaluating the trustworthiness of the claim. In any case, the shadow of the Islamic State stretches over new territories.