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Indian court convicts six Muslims over 1993 Mumbai blasts

MUMBAI – A special court in India has on Friday convicted six people for their proven involvement in an attack in Mumbai in 1993 in which 12 powerful bombs packed in cars, scooters, and suitcases killed 257 people and injured hundreds of others.

The court found the six Muslim men – Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Feroz Khan, Taher Merchant, Riyaz Siddiqui and Karimulla Khan – guilty on charges of criminal conspiracy, transporting weapons and murder, which are punishable by a maximum penalty of death, Aljazeera reported.

The sentence announcement is expected next week by the court.A seventh defendant – Abdul Qayoom Shaikh – was acquitted of all charges.

Prosecutors said the bombings were an act of revenge for the demolition of a 16th-century mosque by Hindu nationalists in northern India in 1992.

That triggered riots in parts of India, leaving more than 800 dead, mostly Muslims.

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