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Indian Court Sentences 5 to Death in Mumbai Train Bombings

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One of the men accused in the 2006 Mumbai train bombings is escorted by policemen from a prison to a court in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.

One of the men accused in the 2006 Mumbai train bombings is escorted by policemen from a prison to a court in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.

A court in India sentenced five people to death Wednesday for their role in the 2006 bombings of commuter trains in Mumbai that killed 186 people and wounded hundreds more.

The court also sentenced seven other people to life in prison in connection with the attacks. They were all convicted last month after an eight-year trial that included testimony from 200 witnesses.

The blasts hit first class compartments of evening commuter trains at rush hour. Prosecutors said the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the attacks using pressure cooker bombs, and that they were done in retaliation for riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002 that left 2,000 people dead.

The explosions caused India to freeze peace talks with Pakistan for several months.

The talks resumed later, but were once again interrupted when another militant attack in Mumbai in 2008 killed 166 people.

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