6 years of Holey Artisan Bakery attack
Published: 10:00 AM, 1 July 2022 Updated: 01:29 PM, 1 July 2022
Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area
The sixth anniversary of the gruesome Holey Artisan Bakery attack where the militant group had killed 22 people including 18 foreigners, two Bangladeshis and two policemen.
Nine Italians, seven Japanese one Indian and one Bangladesh-born US citizen were among 18 foreign citizens killed in the attack.
On July 1, 2016, five terrorists attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s posh Gulshan area.
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 27 in 2019.
The attackers held the foreigners hostage for more than 12 hours before they were killed in a commando operation in which 2 policemen were also killed. Police had named 21 persons for involvement in the attack including the five killed in the commando operation on July 1.
After the mayhem, a case was filed with Gulshan police under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Following the cafe siege, law enforcers launched a massive crackdown on terror networks and eliminated number of militants.
After around two years of investigation, police on July 23 in 2018, pressed charges against eight of the 21 militants who were involved in the terror incident. Thirteen of the 21 were killed in different raids.
A Dhaka court on November 27 in 2019, sentenced seven militants to death for their involvement in the attack, terming it a disgraceful attack aimed at assassinating the non-communal character of Bangladesh.
The Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal acquitted one accused as it found him not guilty in 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 charges of the case.