Bangladesh condemning seven to death for killing 22 on the café

Doomed stormed in 2016, a popular coffee shop in Dhaka for foreigners. Among those killed were nine italians. A court in Bangladesh Wednesday sentenced seven

Bangladesh condemning seven to death for killing 22 on the café

Doomed stormed in 2016, a popular coffee shop in Dhaka for foreigners. Among those killed were nine italians.

A court in Bangladesh Wednesday sentenced seven members of an islamist group to death for having planned and executed an attack against a cafe in the capital Dhaka in 2016.

By the attack, 22 people killed, most of them foreigners.

After the verdict was handed down in a packed courtroom, cried the accused "Allahu Akbar" (God is the greatest), tells the eyewitnesses.

- the Charges against them were proven beyond any doubt. The court gave them the maximum sentence, says the public prosecutor.

the Attack the 1. July 2016 was aimed at a café that was popular among foreigners, who were residing in the city's diplomatic district.

It took the militant islamists guests as hostages, and many were over 12 hours of being executed. Among them were nine italians, seven japanese, one american and an indian.

he is the eighth person to be indicted, is acquitted by the court.

The convicted persons belong to the group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, whose aim it is to introduce a regime based on sharia law.

It was five young men armed with rifles, homemade bombs and machetes, as in 2016 stormed the café Holey Artisan Bakery in the town, called Gulshan. It was here that the guests sign in the bangladeshis and foreigners.

After a half-day siege of the café stormed the police building, and the five islamists were killed.

It was the worst terrorist attack in Bangladesh in recent time, and it shook the nation with 168 million inhabitants.

The predominantly secular government launched the subsequent months, a hunt for islamist extremists. It led to the arrest of almost 1000 people.

During the operation, eight militants killed. Among them was the suspected backer, Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, as in a longer period of time had been residing in Canada.

/ritzau/Reuters

Updated Date: 27 November 2019, 09:00

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