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Karachi bomb death sentences

Three Islamic militants were sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan yesterday for organising the suicide bomb attack which killed 11 French naval technicians in Karachi last year. A car packed with explosives blew up outside the Sheraton hotel, killing the 11 men, who were helping Pakistan build submarines, and three Pakistanis, including the bomber. Twenty-three others were injured. In terms of foreign casualties it was the worst of a series of attacks on western and Christian targets in Pakistan last year which have been blamed on militant groups angered by Pakistan’s decision to back the war on terror in Afghanistan. Islamabad has been under increasing pressure from Washington to act, and says it has arrested hundreds of militants since 2001. Two of the men convicted, Asif Zaheer and Rizwan Ahmed Basheer, were sentenced at Karachi central prison. The third, Mohammad Sohail, who is on the run, was sentenced to death in absentia. Full Story

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