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Eight Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh Bombing

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FILE - Police guard Mufti Abdul Hannan (2nd R), alleged leader of the Bangladesh chapter of the Islamist militant group Harkatul Jihad, outside a court in Dhaka, October 2, 2005.

FILE - Police guard Mufti Abdul Hannan (2nd R), alleged leader of the Bangladesh chapter of the Islamist militant group Harkatul Jihad, outside a court in Dhaka, October 2, 2005.

A Bangladesh court has sentenced to death eight members of an outlawed Islamist militant group for a bombing that targeted a new year's celebration, killing 10 people and wounding dozens more.

Six people were also sentenced to life in prison Monday for the bombing, which took place in Dhaka in 2001.

Mufti Abdul Hannan, the leader of the banned group Harkatul Jihad, is among those sentenced to death.

The group deemed the new year's celebrations un-Islamic.
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