Dhaka cafe attack: Anti-terrorism court sentences seven to death
Dhaka/IBNS: An Anti-terrorism tribunal court in Bangladesh on Wednesday awarded death sentence to seven convicts in the 2016 Dhaka cafe attack which had claimed 22 lives, media reports said.
The terror attack is considered as one of the most gruesome episode experienced by the Muslim-majority nation.
In a packed courtroom on Wednesday, judge Mojibur Rahman of the special tribunal delivered the verdict, which is likely to be appealed, for the blitz on Holey Artisan Bakery in the Gulshan diplomatic zone which sent shockwaves around the world, reported bdnews24 news portal.
Jahangir Hossain alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Aslam Hossain alias Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Abdus Sabur Khan alias Soheil Mahfuz, Hadisur Rahman Sagar, Shariful Islam Khaled alias Khalid and Mamunur Rashid Ripon, the convicts in the case, were present in the court on Wednesday.
Another accused in the case-Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan- was acquitted by the court.
“There are many contradictions, inconsistencies and a lack of corroboration [in the verdict]. We will appeal against the decision to a higher court,” defence counsel Delwar Hossain told reporters as quoted by the news agency.
The attack took place on July 1, 2016. It was carried out by a group of young Islamist militants.
During the attack, the terrorists slaughtered and shot dead 20 diners, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, a US citizen and an Indian.
The security forces killed all the attackers and rescued those trapped inside the cafe.
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