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Bangladesh Court Sentences Three Militants


A Bangladeshi court has sentenced three Islamic militants to up to 40 years in prison each for their roles in an attack last November that killed two judges.

Judge Abdul Matin Thursday convicted militant leaders Ataur Rahman and Abdul Awal, and a third man, described as a suicide bomber, on explosives charges.

The judge said the three would also face murder charges in separate cases. Those charges carry a maximum penalty of death.

The three are suspected members of the banned Jumatul Mujahedin, which wants to impose strict Islamic law in Bangladesh.

The group is blamed for a wave of bomb attacks since last August that has killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens more.

In confessing to the attacks, Rahman and Awal also identified two British citizens of Bangladeshi origin who they say financed bombings in Bangladesh.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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