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Two Sikhs Acquitted in Air India Bombing Trial


A judge in the Canadian city of Vancouver has acquitted two Canadian Sikhs of charges they killed more than 300 people by bombing two Air India planes 20 years ago.

Judge Bruce Ian Josephson said Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri were not guilty of murder and conspiracy charges.

Dozens of relatives of the victims came to Vancouver from around the world to hear the verdict.

The first bomb exploded on June 23, 1985, at Tokyo's Narita airport, killing two workers who were transferring baggage to an Air India plane. Less than a hour later, a second bomb destroyed Air India Flight 182, which was on its way from Montreal to London, off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people on board.

Prosecutors said the bombers wanted revenge for the Indian Army's attack on the Sikh Golden Temple at Amritsar in the early 1980s.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.

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