DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Wednesday handed death sentences to seven members of a militant group for plotting an attack on a cafe in 2016 that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, in the south Asian nation’s worst such incident.
“Charges against them were proved beyond any doubt. The court gave them the highest punishment,” public persecutor Golam Sarwar Khan told reporters after the verdict in the capital, Dhaka, amid tight security.
One of the eight people accused was acquitted, he added.
The July 1 attack on the restaurant popular with foreigners in Dhaka’s diplomatic area shocked the nation of 160 million and signaled a chilling threat to business, including the vital garment exports sector.