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Seven militants sentenced to death over Bangladesh cafe massacre

The raid in 2016 in the capital, Dhaka, claimed 20 lives.

Police escort a member of a banned militant group after he was sentenced (Mahmud Hossain Opu/AP)
Police escort a member of a banned militant group after he was sentenced (Mahmud Hossain Opu/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A special 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 found the men from the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh group guilty of various charges including planning the attack, making bombs and murder.

An eighth defendant was acquitted.

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A judge found seven men from the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh group guilty of various charges including planning the attack, making bombs and murder (Mahmud Hossain Opu/AP)

Five militants took hostages and opened fire on the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1 2016.

Twenty hostages were killed, including 17 from Japan, Italy and India.

The five militants were killed by commandoes during a 12-hour standoff.

Two security officials were killed.

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Members of a banned militant group shout from inside a police van after their sentence was pronounced for an attack on a Dhaka cafe that killed more than 20 people (Mahmud Hossain Opu/AP)

The so-called Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina rejected it.

The full verdict was not immediately available on Wednesday, but the judge said the men acted against the sovereignty of the country and its constitution in executing the plan for such a big attack in which foreigners had been targeted and killed.

The defendants, who have maintained their innocence, can appeal the verdict.

Investigators found 21 people, including the five gunmen killed at the scene, were involved in the attack.

In addition to the eight men who went on trial, eight other suspects were killed in security raids after the attack.

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