BCF : Seven Islamists have been sentenced to death for the 2016 Bangladesh cafe attack in which 22 people, including a US student, were killed in an atrocity which targeted foreigners.
|A jihadist raises his index finger, an Islamic gesture, as he is hauled away by police after being sentenced to death in Dhaka today for his role in plotting the attack
The condemned were found guilty of supplying weapons to the attackers who cut their victims down with machetes and assault rifles during the barbaric assault on the Holey Artisan bakery.
Some 30 hostages were taken, with those who could recite the Koran being spared, while the rest were killed.
They included nine Italians, seven Japanese, an Indian and an American. Some of those sentenced to be hanged shouted 'Allahu Akbar' and 'long
live faith of Islam', as they were hauled off to waiting police vans in
Dhaka on Wednesday. A special anti-terrorism tribunal
delivered the verdict in a crowded courtroom in the capital, with judge
Mojibur Rahman saying the attackers wanted 'to draw the attention of
Islamic State' group.
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They wanted to
'undermine public safety, create anarchy and 'establish a Jihad(ist)'
state, he said, adding that the seven 'will be executed by hanging until
they are pronounced dead'. An eighth man who had been charged was acquitted.