Bangladesh's Supreme Court has dismissed the appeals from two opposition leaders convicted of crimes committed during the war of independence with Pakistan. The men will be hanged barring clemency from president.
Bangladesh's justice minister said Friday that two convicted leaders from the political opposition would be executed within days. The men, both in their 60s, are set to be hanged after losing final appeals to overturn their death sentences, the justice minister said Friday.
Appeals were exhausted Wednesday after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentences, Law and Justice Minister Anisul Huq said.
"Security detachments of soldiers of the Caliphate in Bangladesh carried out some unique operations ... Targeting the Italian Crusader foreigner Piero Parolari," the jihadi monitoring organization SITE quoted the militant group as saying in a message posted on Twitter.
The attack followed the murders of an Italian faith-based aid worker in late September and a Japanese farmer last month, which were also claimed by IS.
Bangladeshi authorities have denied any evidence that IS militants are active in the South Asian country.