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3 Militants Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh for 2005 Bombings


A court in Bangladesh has sentenced three militants to death for involvement in a wave of bombings in the country last year.

The death sentences were handed down Tuesday, by a court in Laxmipur district in eastern Bangladesh. Five other militants were sentenced to life in prison for their role in the bombings.

All the militants are members of the outlawed militant group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, J.M.B., which wants to replace the country's secular legal system with strict Islamic laws.

Prosecutors charged the militants with involvement in deadly bomb attacks around the country in August and October of last year.

The top two leaders of J.M.B. were sentenced to death in May for the murder of two Bangladeshi judges in a bomb attack in November last year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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