Pakistan: 2 Islamic militants sentenced to death

March 22, 2006 14:46

A Pakistani court on Wednesday convicted five Islamic militants in connection with a March 2005 bombing that killed 45 people at a Shi'ite shrine, sentencing two to death and three to life in prison, a judge said. The five men, all Pakistanis, were arrested two days after the March 19, 2005, attack in Fatehpur. Judge Mohammed Ismail told The Associated Press by telephone that, "They (the men) played a direct role in the bomb attack," he said. Deen Mohammed Marri, a prosecution lawyer, said the accused had confessed to their involvement in the attack and links with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an outlawed Sunni Muslim militant group blamed for previous sectarian violence in Pakistan.

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