A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 21 Islamic militants to death for their involvement in more than 400 almost simultaneous bomb blasts across the country last year.
Authorities in southwestern Jhenaidah district say Judge Anisur Rahman sentenced the defendants to death by hanging after they were found guilty of carrying out the blasts on August 17th, 2005.
Eighteen defendants were in court on Tuesday, while three were tried in absentia. Lawyers said they plan to appeal the sentences.
The bombings, claimed by an outlawed Islamic militant group Jamayetul Mujahedin Bangladesh, killed three people.
Amir Khasru has more on the story.