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18 Hindu rioters jailed for life

A court in India has sentenced 18 Hindus to life imprisonment for killing 23 Muslims during religious riots in western India a decade ago.

Those sentenced were part of a rampaging mob that set a house on fire and prevented the Muslims inside from escaping in Gujarat state in 2002.

Violence had erupted after a train fire killed 60 Hindus. Muslims were blamed for the fire and weeks of rioting followed. More than 1,000 mostly Muslims died.

District Judge Poonam Singh also sentenced five other men to seven years in prison for their role in the killings.

Last week, the court found the 18 guilty of setting on fire the house where the Muslims had taken shelter.

The Gujarat riots were the country's worst sectarian violence in recent years.

AP

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