Bangladesh court sentences seven accused to death in 2016 Dhaka cafe attack case

2016 Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack case accused produced in court Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh Nov 27, 2019, 12.32 PM (IST)

A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced seven accused to death in the 2016 Dhaka cafe attack case.

"Seven of the accused have been convicted and sentenced to death. One accused has been acquitted," Dhaka's chief prosecutor Abdullah Abu said after the court verdict.

Twenty-two civilians, including 18 foreign nationals were killed after gunmen opened fire in Dhaka's upscale Gulshan diplomatic enclave on July 1, 2016. Two police officers died in the encounter before the army commandos killed the terrorists after a siege which lasted for 12 hours.

At least 13 hostages were rescued by police.

The cafe was shut down after the attack and later moved to a different location. The original building was locked down by the owners, only open to mourners on the anniversary of the attack each year. The incident is considered to be one of the deadliest terror attacks in Bangladesh's history.

The attack was later claimed by the Islamic State. Police later said it suspected the involvement of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an outlawed terrorist group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

The casualties included nine Italians, seven Japanese, an American and an Indian.