Trial begins in attack on Bangladesh cafe in which 22 died
A special tribunal has begun the trial of eight suspected Islamic militants in an attack on a restaurant in Bangladesh’s capital in which 22 people including 17 foreigners were killed.
Twenty hostages, including 17 from Japan, Italy and India, were killed when five militants attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery in 2016.
The militants were killed by commandoes inside the cafe during a 12-hour standoff. Two security officials died later in a hospital.
The trial began Monday with testimony by a police official, Ripon Kumar Das, who described events as he and other officials responded when five young men stormed the cafe and held the diners hostage.
Defense lawyers are to cross examine Das on Tuesday.
The suspects face various charges including murder, and if convicted could receive capital punishment.