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Death penalty for India Pune bakery blast man

German bakery
Image caption The restaurant was crowded when the bomb went of

A court in India has sentenced a man to death for plotting a bomb blast at a German bakery in the western city of Pune in 2010.

The blast targeted the bakery when it was full of tourists and students, killing 17 people and wounding 64. Five foreigners were among the dead.

Mirza Himayat Baig, who belonged to a banned militant group, was found guilty of murder and conspiracy on Thursday.

Five other suspects are still at large, police say.

The prosecution said the blast was planned at a meeting in Colombo where Baig, a resident of Maharashtra state, was given bomb-making training.

The defence had maintained that Baig was not in Pune when the explosion happened on 13 February 2010.

He was arrested the following September after investigators found a cache of explosives at his home in Latur in Maharashtra.

The German Bakery is located near the Osho Ashram, a mystic centre popular with visitors to Pune.

Reports said an unattended package exploded when a waiter in the restaurant attempted to open it.

The bombing was the first major strike of its kind in India since the deadly Mumbai attacks of 2008.

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