Five given death penalty for 2006 Mumbai train bombings

Five given death penalty for 2006 Mumbai train bombings

Five suspected Islamic militants have been sentenced to death by an Indian court for bomb attacks on seven Mumbai commuter trains nine years ago.

Seven others were given life in prison over the blasts in July 2006, in which 188 people were killed and more than 800 others injured.

Judge YD Shinde, who convicted them earlier this month of murder and a criminal conspiracy to wage war against the government, announced the sentences in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Seven bombs exploded during a 10-minute span during the evening rush-hour in Mumbai, the financial and entertainment capital of India.

Prosecutors said the attack was hatched by Pakistan’s Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence and carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives with help from the Students’ Islamic Movement of India, a banned militant organisation. Pakistan has denied the charges.

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