Cesare Tavella was an Italian aid worker, project manager for Dutch NGO "ICCO Cooperation" which had local offices in Bangladesh, whose goal is to promote projects in developing countries and to connect Dutch entrepreneurs with those living in developing countries.
On September 28th, at around 7pm, Tavella was jogging down Road 90 in in the diplomatic area of Gulshan in Dhaka, when - says the local police - he was reached three times by gunfire.
According to the police spokesman, the attackers fled on a motorcycle right after opening fire. Tavella died after being taken to hospital. The local investigation so far reports that the attack was premeditated: the victim had no money with him and had only recently arrived in Bangladesh.
He was there in the frame of a four-year programme to teach local farmers and breeders the secrets of cultivation and cattle breeding thanks to his education and expertise as an agronomist in Italy. He had done so in Africa and Yemen as well.
The shocking #News is the Islamic State (IS) has claimed the killing. This was reported on Twitter by the director of the Site Intelligence Group, Rita Katz, after spotting a message by the IS in Arabic. According to Katz, the IS killed Tavella because he was a "Western". In its message, the IS says that "despicable Tavella" was killed in a special operation carried out by a soldiers patrol of the Caliphate in Bangladesh.
The full, touching story is that he was there also to pay a mortgage on a farmhouse he had bought on the Ravenna hills in Italy with his family. The hope was to be able to live with the produce of the land he cultivated. But the dream of living this kind of life was soon gone: the mortgage was too high so Tavella rented the farm and started to go around the world to teach what he knew about farming and breeding in developing countries. He later separated from his wife.
The killing of Cesare Tavella is reported to be the first attack performed by the radical Sunni Islamist militant group in Bangladesh. The government of Balngladesh has declared zero tolerance to any form of militant and extremism.
This episode happened in an tense terrorism climate affecting the Middle East, shortly after the IS bombing against the police in Saudi Arabia and the acknowledgement that the IS executed more than 2,000 people in Iraq's Mosul province in 2014 in August.