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Indian Court Sentences Masterminds of Deadly Hindu Temple Attack


An Indian court has sentenced three men to death for masterminding a massacre at a Hindu temple in Gandhinagar, the capital of western Gujarat state.

The court Saturday also sentenced one man to life in prison for his role in the attack on the Akshardham temple. Two others received five and 10-year in prison sentences.

In September 2002, two armed militants dressed in military uniforms stormed the temple. They killed at least 33 worshippers and wounded more than 70 others. Indian commandos stormed the temple and killed the gunmen.

Indian authorities blamed the attack on Lashkar-e-Toiba militants fighting Indian rule in the divided Kashmir region. The attack was said to be revenge for religious rioting earlier that year that killed more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims.

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

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