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Bangladesh sentences Islamist militant for bombings

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court Monday sentenced a member of the outlawed Islamist militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen [Wikipedia backgrounder] to 15 years in prison for involvement in a wave of bomb attacks across the country on August 17 last year that killed 2 and wounded 100. The group wants to turn Bangladesh [JURIST news archive], now the third most populated Muslim country and a democracy, into an Islamic state governed by Sharia law. Courts and judges have been targeted in subsequent bombings, which have killed two judges [JURIST report]. The sentencing of Obaidullah Suman is the first since officials detained nearly 800 suspected militants. Reuters has more.

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