Six Bangladeshi militants hanged
Mar 30, 2007 - 10:48:07 AM
Dhaka, March 30 - Six leaders of the Islamic militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh - were hanged early Friday by the Bangladeshi government for killing two judges in 2005, ATN television reported.
Those hanged included JMB chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman, an Afghan war veteran, and his second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai. Their bodies were sent to their respective relatives.
Before the execution, security had been tightened around prisons and courts across the country as JMB militants, now on the run, had managed to regroup.
The JMB militants had killed two judges in southern Jhalkathi town in November 2005. The group made headlines after they exploded nearly 500 bombs almost simultaneously on Aug 17, 2005 across Bangladesh including capital Dhaka.
After the series of blasts, the militants carried out suicide attacks in different courts killing judges, lawyers and policemen. They had targeted courts as they considered the current judiciary as the stumbling block to their mission of establishing Islamic laws in this Muslim majority country.
The JMB leaders were given death sentence by a lower court that was later confirmed by Bangladesh upper courts.
The JMB leaders then sought mercy to Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed. But the president rejected their mercy petitions earlier this month.
In 2005, the JMB killed at least 28 people through bombings and suicide attacks in Bangladesh and wounded hundreds of others.
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