A Bangladeshi court has delivered life sentences to six members of a banned Islamic militant group linked to a series of bombings in 2005 in the northern city of Sherpur.
Investigators say the six are part of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a group that wants to establish strict Islamic rule in Bangladesh.
The militants were sentenced Thursday for their roles in a string of coordinated bombings in Sherpur on August 17, 2005. Three of the militants were tried in absentia. Investigators say most of the targets in Sherpur were government facilities.
Authorities say the bombings were part of a wider violence campaign carried out by JMB on that day that resulted in at least 28 deaths and more than 150 injuries in Bangladesh. Two other JMB members were hanged for their roles in 2005 bombings that killed two judges.
Zahurul Alam has more on the story.