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Minute-by-minute: 7 to die for Holey Artisan attack, another acquitted

  • Published at 09:52 am November 27th, 2019
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Photos of Holey Artisan convicts Dhaka Tribune

A total of 23 people were killed in the Holey Artisan attack 2016 

01: 51pm- After the verdict, Dhaka Special Public Prosecutor (PP) Md Abdullah Abu says: “Now no one will dare carryout such attacks again in future.”

01: 31pm- Prosecution expresses satisfaction over the verdict.

01: 06pm- Victim Rabiul’s brother Shamsuzzaman Shams tells Dhaka Tribune: “The pain that we experience on the night of the attack still prevails in our heart, but after this verdict, it has lessened to some extent.

“We are happy that justice has been served.”


Senior Assistant Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) of Police Rabiul Karim was killed during the attack in 2016.


01: 03pm- Defence lawyer Delwar Hossain says: “We are not happy with the verdict. We will appeal to the higher court.”

12:35pm- “The convicts claimed that they did not get justice,” Abdullah Alif says.  

Police escort one of the Holey Artisan attack convicts at a Dhaka court premises on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune12:30pm- “Convict Shariful Islam’s father claimed that his son is innocent and whatever he did was right,” our Correspondent Abdullah Alif says.

12:25pm- Our Correspondent Md Sanaul Islam Tipu says: “Judge in his observation told us that the attack was carried out to grab attention of the Islamic State and tarnish the image of the country.

“The court said they tried their best to ensure proper justice.”

12:20pm- The convicts are being escorted out of the courtroom by police. 

12:19pm- The court also fines the convicts Tk50,000.

12:14pm- Some of the convicts shout “Allahu Akbar” after the verdict inside the courtroom.

12:14pm- The tribunal also acquitted another accused named Boro Mizan. 

12:11pm-  Dhaka’s Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal gives death penalty to seven in Holey Artisan attack case.


Tahmid Hasib Khan, 24-year-old survivor of the Holey Artisan Bakery terrorist attack in Dhaka, earlier this year described his ordeal as a hostage.

“There was an eerie feeling that night, like something was ominous, something bad was going to happen, but I didn’t fully realize what it was,” He said. “We heard noises in the background, but laughed it away, thinking it was fireworks.”

Soon afterwards, a group of armed men stormed into the restaurant, yelling chants “you would never want to hear,” Tahmid said.

“The next 20 minutes were massacre.”


12:01pm-Judge starts reading out the verdict of Holy Artisan Gulshan attack.

12:00pm- Court proceedings is starting in a few minutes.

11:55am- Police are escorting the eight accused militants to the courtroom.

Security measures at the Dhaka Court premises ahead of Holey Artisan attack verdict on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

11:50am- Law enforcers are rechecking the court room one more time before the verdict.

11:41am- Some journalists from Japan, which lost seven of its citizens in the attack, are covering the verdict from Bangladesh.

11:35am- Verdict is likely to be read out around 12pm.

11:15am- Our correspondent Md Sanaul Islam Tipu says: “People whose trials are being held in the court today [Wednesday] are facing difficulties in accessing the court premises due to the beefed up security.”


Also Read- Holey survivor Tahmid describes night of horror


Bangladesh government decided to dedicate an information centre of Line 6 of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to the Japanese citizens, who were killed in the terror attack.

The Line 6 of the Dhaka MRT, more commonly known as Metro Rail, which will connect Uttara with Motijheel, is still under construction.

The information centre will be constructed at the MRT ground station in Uttara.


10:30am- The accused are kept in court custody.

10:17am- Two accused, including Rajib Gandhi, show victory sign while getting out of the prison van.

The courtroom of Dhaka’s Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal where the verdict over the Holey Artisan attack will be announced on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Dhaka Tribune10:15am- Prison van, carrying eight accused, enters court premises.

09:54am- People are passing through archways set up in different gates of Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge Building. 

Security measures at the Dhaka Court premises ahead of Holey Artisan attack verdict on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Dhaka Tribune09:40- Law enforcement are checking bags of lawyers, court staff and general people before letting them enter the court premises.

09:00am- Members of police, RAB and other law enforcement agencies take position in Dhaka court area.


Also Read- Revisiting the descent into darkness


Three years ago in 2016, the Holey Artisan Bakery and Café was stormed by five men. During the attack on July 1, 23 people-- including 17 foreigners—was brutally killed by these militants.

Five attackers – Nibras Islam, Rohan Imtiaz, Meer Saameh Mubasser, Khairul Islam and Shafiqul Islam – were all killed in the Operation Thunderbolt that the Para Commando Battalion launched at the bakery on the morning of July 2.


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