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India court convicts lone militant in 2010 German bakery bomb blast in Pune


19:10, April 15, 2013

NEW DELHI, April 15 (Xinhua) -- An Indian court on Monday found guilty a lone militant for masterminding a bomb blast at a famous bakery in the western state of Maharashtra's Pune city some three years ago.

The additional sessions court convicted of terror act Mirza Himayat Baig, who belonged to a banned militant group, for plotting the 2010 attack on the German bakery, in which at least 17 people, including five foreigners, were killed and nearly 64 others sustained injuries.

Baig would be sentenced Thursday. He faces a maximum of death penalty.

During the trial, the prosecution claimed that the blast was actually planned in Colombo where Baig, an Indian citizen, got trained in bomb making. Six other suspects in the case are still at large.

However, his defense counsel had argued that Baig was not in Pune when the explosion happened on February 13, 2010. He was arrested in September that year after police found a huge cache of explosives near his home in the state's Latur district.

He denies any wrongdoing.

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