7 Sentenced to Die for 2016 Terror Attack

Bangladesh extremists killed 20 hostages
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2019 12:13 AM CST
7 Sentenced to Die for 2016 Terror Attack
In this July 5, 2016 photo, candles and flowers, offered in memory of victims of the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, are reflected in a rainwater puddle in Dhaka, Bangladesh.   (AP Photo, File)

A special anti-terrorism tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced seven members of a banned militant group to death for their involvement in an attack on a Dhaka cafe that killed more than 20 people. Judge Mojibur Rahman on Wednesday found the men from the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh group guilty of various charges including planning the attack, making bombs, and murder. Five militants took hostages and opened fire on a Dhaka cafe on July 1, 2016. Twenty hostages were killed, including 17 from Japan, Italy, and India. The five militants were killed by commandos during a 12-hour standoff. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, but the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina rejected the claim, saying the domestic group was behind it. (Three of the victims were students at US colleges.)

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