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3 convicted in 2003 bomb blasts

July 28, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A court found two men and a woman guilty in bombings that killed 52 people in Mumbai six years ago.

Two taxis carrying explosives blew up within minutes of each other Aug. 25, 2003, at the Gateway of India, a popular tourist attraction on the waterfront, and at a busy shopping complex.

Ashrat Shafiq Mohammed Ansari, Syed Mohammed Haneef Abdul Rahim and his wife, Fahmeeda Syed Mohammed Haneef, faced charges that included murder, conspiracy to kill and damaging public property. They had pleaded not guilty.

Judge M.R. Puranic said all three were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based militant group. Indian investigators have also blamed Lashkar-e-Taiba for last November's Mumbai attacks, when 10 gunmen killed 166 people in a three-day rampage.

Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty in sentencing next month.

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