Bangladesh sentences six militants to death

Dhaka—A court in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced six militants to hang for a bank robbery in April in which nine people were killed, lawyers said, but the defence vowed to appeal against the verdict.
Militants have targeted liberal bloggers, academics and members of religious minorities in a surge of violence, killing at least 27 people since early last year.
Police blamed the bank robbery on members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, a banned militant group that has laid low since six of its leaders were hanged in 2007.
The gang set off crude bombs as it fled a branch of state-run Bangladesh Commerce Bank on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital, with takings of 700,000 taka ($8,900), after killing the manager to get the key to the vault.

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