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(Update) 7 Sentenced to Death over 2016 Dhaka Terror Attack

(Update) 7 Sentenced to Death over 2016 Dhaka Terror Attack

   Dhaka, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--A special antiterror tribunal in Dhaka on Wednesday sentenced seven suspects to death and acquitted another over a 2016 terror attack in Bangladesh's capital, in which 20 hostages including seven Japanese were killed.
   The death sentences for the seven were in line with prosecutors' demands, while the acquittal of the other suspect was attributed to lack of evidence.
   The seven are believed to have been involved in planning the attack, procuring funds and weapons, recruiting extremists and other activities. None of them was at the attack scene.
   They were members of an offshoot of a local extremist group. The faction is believed to have been inspired by the Islamic State militant group, which has claimed responsibility for the deadly incident.
   On July 1, 2016, an armed group attacked the Holy Artisan Bakery restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic district. After a siege of 11 hours, special forces stormed the restaurant and shot the five members of the armed group dead.

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