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Eleven sentenced to death for assassination attempt on Pakistan general

[JURIST] An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday sentenced to death eleven members of Jund Allah, an Islam group linked to al Qaeda [JURIST news archive], after they were convicted of killing ten people in an attack on a convoy [BBC report] escorting Pakistani Lieutenant General Ahsan Saleem Hayat in June 2004. Hayat escaped unharmed, but six soldiers and four others were killed, and an additional twelve were wounded in the attack. Jund Allah leader, Atta-ur Rehman rejected the court's decision, saying the court was fake and had no power. He pledged to appeal to a higher court within the next week.

The attack came in retaliation against a security force operation in a town near Islamabad, where hundreds have been killed over the past two years as a result of heated clashes between militants and the Pakistani army. Reuters has more.

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