Bangladesh yesterday recalled the fourth anniversary of the horrible 2016 Dhaka Attack where the militant group had murdered around 22 people including 18 foreigners, two Bangladeshis and two police men at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka.
Nine Italians, seven Japanese one Indian and one Bangladesh-born US citizen were among 18 foreign citizens killed during the attack.
On July 1, 2016 five terrorists attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, Dhaka.
A special tribunal in Dhaka led by Justice M Mojibur Rahman sentenced seven accused persons to death for the Holey Artisan Cafe terror attack case on November 27th last year.
To mark fourth anniversary of the attack, the relatives of the holey artisan victims poured tribute to the deceased since morning. Diplomats from Italy, Japan and therefore the u. s. came to point out reference to the Holey Artisan victims by following the health guidelines thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Mohammad Shafiul Islam together with other senior police officials paid floral wreaths at 79 no holey artisan restaurant in Gulshan at 10 this morning.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun and Bangladesh Police Service Association also placed floral reference to the deceased at the restaurant.
The spot was remained open for the people from morning and it absolutely was kept open till 2pm today.
The attackers held the foreigners hostage for quite 12 hours before they were killed in a very commando operation within which 2 policemen were also killed. Police had named 21 persons for involvement within the attack including the five killed within the commando operation on national holiday.
After the mayhem, a case was filed with Gulshan police under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Following the cafe siege, law enforcers launched a large crackdown on terror networks and eliminated number of militants.
Since then, law enforcers dole out 28 high risk anti-militancy operations at militant dens where 79 militants were killed and an enormous stash of explosives were destroyed or seized.
Besides, over 250 other militants are arrested, said officials of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of DMP.
After around two years of investigation, police on July 23 last year pressed charges against eight of the 21 militants who were involved within the terror incident.
Some of the victims of the 2016 Dhaka Attack
Thirteen of the 21 were killed in several raids.
A Dhaka court on November 27 last year sentenced seven militants to death for his or her involvement within the attack, terming it a disgraceful attack aimed toward assassinating the non-communal character of Bangladesh.
The Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal acquitted one accused because it found him guiltless within the atrocity.
The seven death-row convicts are — Jahangir Hossain, Aslam Hossain Rash, Hadisur Rahman, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Md Abdus Sabur Khan, Shariful Islam Khaled and Mamunur Rashid Ripon.
The court cleared accused Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan from the costs of the case.