Iraqi court sentences two men to death over shrine bombing

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Baghdad ( – An Iraqi court has sentenced two men to death by hanging for their involvement in a suicide bomb attack at a religious shrine in the central province of Salahudin.

“The Karkh criminal court has looked into the case of two defendants involved in a suicide bombing that targeted visitors of a religious shrine in Balad district of Salahudin, leaving scores dead and wounded,” Alghad Press quoted the media center of the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq as saying in a statement on Monday.

The two defendants admitted that the attack “was only meant to achieve terrorist ends and undermine security and stability in the country,” the statement read.

The court ruling was issued pursuant to article 4/1 of the anti-terrorism law, added the statement.

The law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.

Iraqi courts have sentenced many of Islamic State members, including a big number of female members, to death over joining the militant group.

The exact number of detained militants is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentences.

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