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Indian Court Convicts Another Man in 1993 Mumbai Bombing


An Indian court has convicted another man for his role in a series of bombings in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, 13 years ago that killed 257 people.

The man, Abdul Turk, was convicted Tuesday of placing an explosives-filled car outside a shopping area in 1993.

That blast killed 113 people and wounded more than 225 others. It was the most devastating attack in a wave of 12 bombings across the city - India's financial capital.

On Monday, the court convicted two people of parking another explosives-packed vehicle outside a busy Mumbai cinema.

So far, eight people - including four members of the same family - have been found guilty in the case. More verdicts are expected in the coming weeks.

Those convicted could face the death penalty.

The mammoth trial began in 1994. Most of the 123 defendants have been free on bail, but some have been detained for more than a decade. Several defendants have died since the trial began.

The alleged masterminds, Dawood Ibrahim and a close associate, "Tiger" Memon, are believed to have fled the country.

Indian authorities say the bombings were in retaliation for the destruction of a 16th century Mosque in the northern city of Ayodhya by a Hindu mob a year before.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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