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Indian Court Convicts Another Man For 1993 Mumbai Bombings


An Indian court has found a man guilty of planting one of the 12 bombs that ripped through Mumbai in 1993, killing 257 people and wounding more than 700 others.

Mohammed Ghansar was accused of planting a bomb on a scooter outside a market that killed 17 people.

He could face the death penalty when sentenced in the coming months.

Earlier this week, four members of the same family were found guilty of involvement in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay.

Those were the first verdicts handed down in India's deadliest terrorist attack. The marathon trial began in 1994. Most of the 123 defendants have been free on bail. The list of accused includes gangsters, housewives and a popular movie star.

The alleged ringleaders of the plot have never stood trial, and are believed to have fled the country.

A series of blasts hit India's financial center on March 12, 1993, targeting the Stock Exchange, a movie theater, Air India's headquarters and other commercial buildings.

The bombings apparently were retribution for the destruction of a mosque by Hindu extremists in Ayodha in December, 1992.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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