Bangladesh court sentenced seven people to death over the savage 2016 attack of a Dhaka cafe popular with westerners that killed 22 people including 18 foreigners.

The court said their aim was to destabilize the country and turn it into a militant state.

Dhaka’s Chief Prosecutor Abdullah Abu said that seven of the accused have been convicted and sentenced to death. One accused has been acquitted.

The brazen assault in July 2016 saw young men armed with assault rifles and machetes lay siege to the cafe in Dhaka’s well heeled Gulshan neighborhood.