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Eight Bangladesh Islamists to hang for 2001 bombing

Published on Jun 23, 2014 3:50 PM
 
Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami (HUJI) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan (centre) is flanked by police officers as he appears in court in Dhaka on June 16, 2014.  A Bangladeshi court sentenced eight Islamists to death on Monday for a 2001 bomb attack that killed 10 people during the main Bengali new year celebrations in the capital Dhaka. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladeshi court sentenced eight Islamists to death on Monday for a 2001 bomb attack that killed 10 people during the main Bengali new year celebrations in the capital Dhaka.

"The attack was carried out to destabilise the country and create panic," Judge Ruhul Amin said as he delivered the verdict in a packed courtroom in Dhaka's old city.

The head of the outlawed Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami (HuJI) outfit, Mufti Abdul Hannan, was among the eight who were sentenced to hang for planning and carrying out the attack on the festivities in Dhaka's main park which they deemed unIslamic.

The judge also sentenced six others to life in prison for setting off two bombs as thousands of revellers were celebrating the first day of Bengali New Year in 2001.

 
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