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Islamic State Takes Credit for Shooting Priest in Bangladesh

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Islamic State on Thursday claimed responsibility for shooting and seriously wounding an Italian priest working in Bangladesh as a doctor, the latest of several attacks on foreigners in the country.

The militant group said it targeted Piero Parolari, with three assailants on a motorcycle firing shots at him Wednesday as he rode his bicycle to church in Dinajpur. The 57-year-old priest was hit in the neck by a bullet.

Bangladesh police said they had no proof of who was responsible for the attack.

Islamic State has taken credit for a series of attacks in the South Asian country this year, including the killing of an Italian aid worker and a Japanese farmer.