DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An official from Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Bangladesh was fatally shot early Tuesday by unknown assailants, police said.
Khalaf Mohamamd S. Al Ali was found with bullet injuries in his chest on a street in Dhaka’s Gulshan residential area shortly after midnight, police official Kamrul Hasan said. He said Al Ali, 45, was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.
Al Ali was an official in the embassy’s consular section, Hasan said. The motive for the killing was unclear, he said.
Junior Home Minister Shamsul Haque said he asked police to fully investigate the death.
An official at the Saudi Embassy said a statement would be issued later Tuesday.
Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation, enjoys good relations with Saudi Arabia, which is a top destination for Bangladeshi migrant workers.
However, relations between the countries were tested in October, when Saudi authorities beheaded eight Bangladeshi workers who were found guilty of robbing and killing an Egyptian man.
The human rights group Amnesty International condemned the executions and criticized Saudi court procedures as falling “far short of international standards for fair trial.”