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Indian court orders death for 2003 Mumbai bombers

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  • Chief public prosecutor described bombers' death sentence as "exemplary"
  • 54 killed in 2003 blasts at Mumbai's Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar gold market
  • Bombers identified as Mohammad Hanif, his wife Fahmida, and Ashrat Ansari
  • Defendants linked to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a Pakistan-based militant group
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- An anti-terror court in India Thursday sentenced a couple and their accomplice to death for the 2003 attacks in Mumbai that prosecutors said were carried out at the behest of Pakistan-based militants.

Chief public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam described the sentencing of Mohammad Hanif Sayyed, his wife, Fahmeeda Sayyed, and Ashrat Ansari as "exemplary".

In the 2003 bombings at Mumbai's landmark Gateway of India and the glittering gold market Zaveri Bazaar, 54 people were killed.

Prosecutors insisted that the assaults were planned by the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a Pakistan-based militant group, also blamed for last year's siege in Mumbai which left 164 people dead.

Nikam said he told the court that the three convicts had "demonic" designs to terrorize Mumbai. He said more 103 witnesses testified at trial.

Defense attorney Abdul Wahab indicated he would appeal the sentencing in a higher court.

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