Bangladesh Islamists sentenced to death for 2016 cafe attack

epa08028312 Bangladeshi police escort a person (C), who is accuse of being involved in an attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery, though the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 27 November 2019. Seven people were sentenced to death on 27 November in Dhaka after they were convicted of involvement in the 01 July 2016 attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan area. EPA-EFE/MONIRUL ALAM

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Seven Islamists have been sentenced to death for a 2016 attack on a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed.

The attack on the Holey Artisan cafe in Dhaka was carried out by a group of five men, who took diners hostage.

Eight people were on trial, accused of planning and supplying the attackers with weapons. One man was acquitted.

The 12-hour siege was Bangladesh’s deadliest terrorist attack. Most of the victims were Italian or Japanese.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, but Bangladesh disputed this, instead holding a local militant group responsible.

Since the attack, Bangladesh authorities have led a brutal crackdown on militants it sees as a destabilising force in the predominantly Muslim country.


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