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21 militants sentenced to death in Bangladesh

A court in Bangladesh sentenced 21 Islamic militants to death for their role in the deadly bombings that rocked the country last year.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 20:11 IST

A court in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced 21 Islamic militants to death for their role in the deadly bombings that rocked the country last year.

A court in western Bangladesh's Jhenidah district gave the verdict for the serial bombings on August 17 last year.

The blasts, claimed by an outlawed Islamic militant group, killed three people.

Judge SKM Anisur Rehman Khan on Tuesday sentenced 21 men to death by hanging after they were found guilty of carrying out the bomb blasts, a media report said.

Three of the defendants were sentenced in absentia following the three-month trial, it said.

All 21 are members of the militant group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and they were sentenced under the country's Explosive Substances Act, it said.

The group has also been blamed for a series of other attacks, including suicide bombings, the first in Bangladesh, which claimed 28 lives, including those of four suicide bombers.

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 20:11 IST