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Mumbai blasts 1993: Six men found guilty

Mumbai blast, 1993 Image copyright AFP
Image caption The blasts in India's financial capital killed 257 people and wounded 713

A court in India's western Mumbai city has found six men guilty for their roles in the 1993 serial bomb blasts.

They include Abu Salem who fled India after the bombings and was extradited from Portugal in 2005.

The explosions killed 257 people, and were allegedly to avenge the killing of Muslims in riots a few months earlier.

The blasts targeted a dozen sites, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, the offices of national carrier Air India and a luxury hotel.

Friday's convictions were the second leg of a trial that took almost a quarter of a century to complete.

Seven men were arrested between 2003 and 2010 and were tried separately as they were arrested towards the end of the previous trial.

A court found six of them guilty of criminal conspiracy and murder. One man was acquitted.

In 2015, Abu Salem, a key associate of Indian crime lord Dawood Ibrahim, was jailed for life in prison for a 20-year-old murder, which was not connected to the blasts.

Yakub Memon, the man convicted of plotting and financing the bombings, was executed in 2015.


History of Mumbai attacks

  • March 1993: Series of explosions kill 257 people and injure 713
  • August 2003: Four bomb attacks kill 52 people
  • July 2006: Seven bombs go off on crowded trains within 11 minutes, killing more than 180 people and wounding hundreds
  • November 2008: Gunmen carry out a series of co-ordinated attacks across seven high-profile locations, including two luxury hotels, city's main commuter train station, a hospital, a restaurant and a Jewish centre, killing 165 people. Pakistan-based militants blamed for the attacks and peace efforts between the two countries derailed. Nine of the attackers also killed. Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, who was captured alive, hanged in November 2012
  • July 2011: Three near-simultaneous explosions during Mumbai's evening rush hour kill 18 people and injure 131

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